Author Archives: Navigating Maps

Mapping facebook

During the discussion after Prof. Monmonier’s talk, the conversation turned to facebook. The talk itself had outlined interesting links between 20th century restrictive cartography – redlining, gerrymandering, borders shifting to suit river avulsion – and 21st century ‘surveillance’ cartography. What … Continue reading

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The map that made the grid

This interactive map overlay illustrates the ways that street gridding schemes were instrumental in shaping modern cities, often irrespective of natural impediments to development. Related article: “200th Birthday for the Map that Made New York”, by Sam Roberts.

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Mark Monmonier Lecture, Wednesday April 6

Geography professor and cartographic historian Mark Monmonier will be coming to speak at the Geography Department colloquium next Wednesday. Last semester we assigned chapters from his most recent book, No Dig, No Fly, No Go: How Maps Restrict and Control. … Continue reading

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Ward Shelley’s History of Sci-Fi

The following post, on Fast Company’s Co.Design site, discusses Ward Shelley‘s hand-drawn flowchart depicting the 2,500 years of intellectual history that have produced the modern sci-fi genre.

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‘The Wall inside the city’

(From the website Berlin.de) Berlin’s official website has a map of, and information about, the Berlin Wall. The map shows the Wall’s former course inside Berlin, along with its remains, traces, and memorial sites.

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‘Graphs, Maps, Trees’

An excerpt from Franco Moretti’s Graphs, Maps, Trees. Moretti’s book begins with an epigraph from Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities: “A man who wants the truth becomes a scientist; a man who wants to give free play to his subjectivity may … Continue reading

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“Originality Compass”

The February 2011 issue of ‘The Believer’ features a diagram by Angie Waller entitled “Esoteric Concepts in Copyright Law,” which “frames various cases that have ruled on themes commonly found in conceptual work, nonfiction writing, and storytelling.” Waller’s contributor bio … Continue reading

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Map Typography (via ‘Making Maps’ blog)

From a very interesting post on the Making Maps: DIY Cartography blog: “The beauty of words on maps is often not evident, embedded, as they are, in an array of other symbols. A “word map” of South America (above), published by … Continue reading

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Visual Books (NYT book review)

Last year, the New York Times published this review of map books. A slide show accompanies the review online.

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Sze Tsung Leong’s ‘Cities’

The Morning News offers this interview with photographer Sze Tsung Leong, in which he characterizes his work in the following way: “I look for high vantage points that will provide a tremendous and dense amount of visual information and where … Continue reading

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