Category Archives: cartography

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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Mapping it out

Artist Richard Kolker works with digital sources for many of his projects, re-rendering places and scenes to create a different perspective on the familiar. His Streetview series tracks down iconic photographic and artistic locations and ‘snaps’ them using Google Streetview … Continue reading

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Endless underground-related headline puns here

The map that saved the London Underground, a rather celebratory acount of McDonald Gill’s great ‘Wonderground Map of London‘ (the BBC link has a zoomable flash version). Cartography, urbanism and illustration have always had an element of myth-making in them, … Continue reading

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Mapping the visible

A recent link to Ben Fry’s All Streets map (‘240 million individual road segments. No other features — no outlines, cities, or types of terrain — are marked, yet canyons and mountains emerge as the roads course around them, and … Continue reading

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3D Paris

Paris 3D is a new venture from Dassault Systemes, long time purveyors of all forms of simulation, including the Geovia ‘virtual planet’ software (used in the mining industry, and looking a little bit like Minecraft in the process) and flight … Continue reading

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Slight return

Graphic design from the 1920s to the 1970s is a new blog devoted to printed design and ephemera from the golden era of visual culture, a large chunk of which is travel related. A companion site to Travel Brochure Graphics, … Continue reading

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Wood and mazes

Moby is busy making the shift from musician to amateur architecture blogger to presenter. He’s no Meades, but the short film, Moby Celebrates LA Architecture is designed to whet your appetite for an upcoming exhibition, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern … Continue reading

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The uses and abuses of aviation

An interview with photographer Hélène Binet. Binet has done much to shape the presentation of contemporary work from the likes of ‘Peter Eisenman, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid and Luigi Moretti’, acting as the bridge between the architects’ abstract … Continue reading

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High and mighty

Part of our ongoing and occasional series exploring Cold War oddities and instantly outdated pieces of military equipment: the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, a ‘parasite fighter‘ designed to work in conjunction with the Convair Peacemaker / prints by Jantze Tullet / … Continue reading

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A full deck

The (un)Made in China exhibition at Beijing Design Week explores the delights of working in a foreign culture, namely the many grand projects by Western architects that were proposed in the white heat of China’s economic explosion and then, for … Continue reading

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Schematics

Maxwell J. Roberts’s article Henry Beck Rules? Not OK: Breaking the Rules of Map Design (previously linked) is now a book, Underground Maps Unravelled: Explorations in Information Design. Billed as a psychological investigation into the art, purpose and fitness of … Continue reading

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Spotting, improvising and mapping

A selection of Grateful Dead Fan Art at an ambitious project collapsing, from the Grateful Dead Online Archive, assembled by the University of California Santa Cruz / Toby Ziegler’s installation The Cripples, set in a car park beneath Mayfair / … Continue reading

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