Category Archives: cartography

Hollywood detectives

Buster’s Paramount Backlot Plunge, at Silent Locations, a weblog about about Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more). Fascinating detective work, such as this overlaid Google streetview image in Astoria featuring shots from Buster Keaton and W.C. Fields / the Top 50 … Continue reading

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Finding lost places

Another deep dive into digital mapping by Justin O’Beirne, this time looking at new developments in Apple Maps (via Kottke). It’s the usual extremely thorough dive into map comparisons for accuracy, style and detail, with the strong caveat that however … Continue reading

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The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 4 of 4

The final journey into those remote islands: part 1, part 2 and 3. Starting with the Alaskan island of St. George, one of the Pribilof Islands and a habitat of the threatened Northern fur seal. Travel to the islands (and … Continue reading

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The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 3 of 4

Part three of a deep dive into Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, ‘Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will’ (part 1, part 2). To begin. Macquarie Island is where steam digesters once gobbled up royal penguins, 3,500 … Continue reading

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The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 2 of 4

Part two of our virtual voyage around the world (part 1, the source material: Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, ‘Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will’ – oddly the US edition is subtitled ‘Fifty Islands I Have … Continue reading

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The Atlas of Remote Islands revisited, post 1 of 4

Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, ‘Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will’, remains a bit of an obsession. We decided to use it to do some armchair traveling, courtesy of the book’s expansive Wikipedia page … Continue reading

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Map of the heart

Aliens may not exist – but that’s good news for our survival / Giving Compact Discs Another Spin. Every format has its nostalgists / The presence of the brown bear Ursus arctos in Holocene Britain: a review of the evidence … Continue reading

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Mapping the past and the present

A new generation of Apple Maps is on the way. See also this 2016 comparison between Google Maps and Apple Maps by Justin O’Beirne, who followed up with a year of Google and Apple Maps in 2017 and an even … Continue reading

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High and over

How much is a word worth? A surprising variety of figures, in our experience, all the way down to absolutely nothing / if you only visit one site today, make it Britain from Above / see also Locating London’s Past … Continue reading

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Trap street

A real mix. The world Chinese social credit (via MeFi) (and why Black Mirror isn’t helping) / a trip to the Aston Martin factory, circa 1999 / a well-curated Instagram from Caroline Reekie / NASA spends a lot on leaning … Continue reading

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See you around

Locrating presents huge quantities of mapping data about commuting, schools, etc. ‘Outstanding’ schools are of green green, ‘good’ ones are yellow and woe betide your property prices if you live in close proximity to the little bomb-like red ones / … Continue reading

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Finding oneself

Now that everyone has a global atlas in their pocket, we’re looking further and further afield to find ways of exploring places that might not otherwise be easily found, either in real life or in the imagination. A selection of … Continue reading

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Marooned

Contemporary portraiture by Alexandra Diez de Rivera / Desert Islands, a design project by Elisa Chieruzzi, which brings to mind Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands (subtitled, ‘Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will’), and seen here at … Continue reading

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Wired to the world

Stephen Walter’s map of ‘Nova Utopia‘ is a characteristically hyperdense cartographic narrative journey, a ‘a fictionalization of Thomas More’s Utopia, shown now in the present day, 500 years on from when it was first written. The book of 1516 forms … Continue reading

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Lives lived well

‘How highways wrecked American cities‘ (at kottke). Seems that the US is only just waking up to something that’s fairly commonly accepted over in Europe – the blight of big road building programmes / suspiciously well-curated lives at Freunde von … Continue reading

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Side by side

The Subtle Design Features That Make Cities Feel More Hostile / gallery upon gallery of pristine 70s and 80s metal for sale by KGF Classic Cars / Ye Olde Medieval Tube Map (via Kottke) / see also Side by Side … Continue reading

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High in the sky

Modernist greeting cards at Things You Can Buy versus The Triumph of Postmodernism. Pomo is fast becoming an endangered species / Despicable Me meets Dr Strangelove meets the Big Brother House in this conceptual scheme for Russia’s Ministry of Emergency … Continue reading

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Walking the edges

‘The Perimeter is a photography project by Quintin Lake based on walking 10,000km around the coast of Britain in sections. The journey started on 17th April 2015 at St Paul’s cathedral and I’m following the coast clockwise. I expect the … Continue reading

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Don’t go in the basement

Architecture and design round-up. A couple of titanic Art Deco piles to kick-off: Villa Cavrois, France (via The Spaces) and Villa Dirickz, Belgium (via Wowhaus) / Cartastrophe, ‘mistakes were made’ in the presentation process. See also London-tubemap.com, a new way … Continue reading

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Circles in the road

Some beautiful urbex images at Monsieur Menschenleer’s flickr stream / more photography: Pierre Folk’s portfolio ‘By The Silent Line‘, images of la Petite Ceinture, the abandoned ring road railway in the heart of Paris. More at this BBC story / … Continue reading

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