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Create a tileset and build a basic visualization


Understanding the urban areas has important implications in a wide range of geospatial analysis, for example, to inform decision-makers in sectors such as urban planning.
In this example we are creating a tileset in which each building in Madrid is represented by a polygon and each of them is assigned a graduated color from the lowest to the highest value of the gross floor area. This visualisation allows us to represent at a glance how the surface area in Madrid is distributed.

Steps To Reproduce

  1. 1.
    Go to the CARTO signup page.
    • Click on Log in.
    • Enter your email address and password. You can also log in with your existing Google account by clicking Continue with Google.
    • Once you have entered your credentials: click Continue.
  2. 2.
    From the Navigation Menu in the left panel, select Data Explorer.
  3. 3.
    Select the CARTO Data Warehouse connection and click on demo data > demo_tables from the collapsible tree.
  4. 4.
    Selected “inspire_buildings_madrid” and explore the preview of the map and the details of the table.
  5. 5.
    This table, due to its size and current constraints in Builder, can be added to Builder by using the dynamic tile generation or creating a tileset.
    Therefore, in order to build a visualization with this table, we are going to create a tileset by clicking on the Create > Create a tileset button on the top. This will open the table as a layer on a CARTO Builder map.
  6. 6.
    Now from this interface will allow you to set the location and name of the output tileset in a directory within the CARTO Data Warehouse where the user has write permissions. In the case of the CARTO Data Warehouse connection for this user account the directory is Once you have completed this configuration, click on Save here.
  7. 7.
    In the next screen, you need to select the tileset zoom levels and choose the geometry column. Once you have completed this configuration, click on Continue.
  8. 8.
    From the next screen, you can select the attributes of your table that will be included in the tileset. After completing this step, click on Continue.
  9. 9.
    The last screen will show you a summary of the configuration of the tileset for your confirmation. Click on Create to confirm.
  10. 10.
    Tilesets take a while to process. Once the process is completed you will see the message in the “Processing jobs” tab on the top right corner of the screen (blue tab).
  11. 11.
    Once the job has completed we can access the tileset in the Data Explorer and create a map visualization with all that data.
  12. 12.
    Click on Create map and this source will be added as a layer in Builder.
  13. 13.
    Now let’s style this layer as we want to build a cool visualization.
  14. 14.
    Finally we can change our basemap. Go to Basemaps tab and select “Dark matter” from Google Maps.
  15. 15.
    We can also make the map public and share it online with our colleagues. For more details, see Publishing and sharing maps.
  16. 16.
    Finally, we can visualize the result.