Photoshop Reality Check....

Researchers at Dartmouth College suggest in a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of a rating scale to score the extent to which photographs of people have been re-touched.

One wonders whether a similar reality-check scale for urban design and architectural graphics and photorealisations would be worth contemplating. 

One recalls the pen and ink drawings of 1960s piazzas with cafe tables and young people in drain-pipe trousers and min-skirts against the reality that these places are barren and windswept.

Housing schemes are often depicted as being full of happy people, yet if you were an alien space-visitor landing in a typical residential street, you might be tempted to conclude that the world was uninhabited.