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 sparser webs of road mark less populated areas’) sent us back to the archives, and to James Medcraft’s Anatomy of the Mainland series from 2006. We originally linked Fry’s map back in 2007, while posting on density and space in cartography (back when posts were long and dense and filled with imagery – what happened?). And we linked to the Medcraft maps as well. So it all comes round and round. That latter post was also worth rediscovering for the link to the future city of Eugene Henard. The story behind the updated Fry maps is here.

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