Posts Tagged: maps



Archie Archambault - Amsterdam (2013)

Archambault is a philosopher and print-maker (which is a pretty awesome combination of things to be). His maps propose that we can develop better mental maps of cities using the awesome power of… circles.

More maps and an interview at this Slate article.

You can also buy a print straight from the source.

sounds like my kinda dude

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Source: maphugger


Same-sex marriage and marijuana in the US

And a very princely shade of Purple it is, too. Would like to see some time metrics on this.

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Source: mapsontheweb
Photo Set


Globi coelestis in tabulas planas redacti descriptio… Opus Postumum

Pardies, Ignace Gaston, 1636-1673

Second edition. First edition was published in 1674 and this second edition in 1693 after Pardies’ death in 1673. A Third edition appeared in 1700. This copy is the six sheets of star charts only without binding, pages numbered 84-89, so probably removed from an atlas. Each sheet has engraved text panels in Latin and French. The projection is gnomonic so the six charts make up a cube of the universe. Elegant original color is used. The paths of several important comets are shown. These charts served as models for the star charts of William Dawes published by the SDUK in 1844 (see our 4063.000). From the Linda Hall Library exhibition catalog: “Pardies’ star atlas is stylistically one of the most attractive ever published. Pardies took his constellation figures primarily from Bayer’s Uranometria, but since each chart covers a large section of the sky, these figures had to be carefully integrated, which was not an easy task. Pardies’ engraver accomplished this task with great success…The plate(which) shows Hercules, Ophiuchus] Scorpius, Sagittarius, Aquila, and Lyra, one of the most stunning compositions in the history of celestial cartography.

from David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

This photoset considered sequentially is truly consciousness-expanding. The wallpaper is rich on the transforms of the wall.

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Source: nascentartifacts
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I came up with the idea of design a set of cards that would be at the same time a map of a region if you place the 52 cards in a particular order. The set is particularly useful for explorers but also for Forest police, since offers a way to perceive the space differently. Tourists can also refer to their visits as cards combination (a third of queens, a full house) and organize contests between them.

The map I used for this example is North Polana region (Slovakia).

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Source: carmonamedina

An interactive map of London's surnames



This is really, really, really, really, really fucking cool. 

This is pretty amazing and in principle kind of alarming.

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Source: raygunssodomyandtheclash
Photo Set

Wonderful photoset resource


Thanks for the submission.  It was requested that I reblog this critique and I’m happy to do so.  Please read if you’ve been enjoying the recent maps of Indigenous territories. Cartography is political.


here’s a roundup of the maps of “North American indigenous territories” I’ve seen on tumblr in the last two weeks. please note the following:

  1. save for the second one, none of them are dated. “pre-contact” is not a date. “colonial” is not a date. the first could mean 1500 or 1850 or anywhere in between. the latter could be any one of those dates, all the way up to the present. an ahistoric map is an uncontextualized map which means it is an essentially useless and ignorant map. 
  2. they all contradict each other. which one is right? they were all drawn by white academics, so it’s hard to really know, huh? 
  3. they all have major flaws and inaccuracies. there are at least 500 different tribes in N. America—none of these maps save the second to last one have that many listed, and that one is of Northern California alone! 

Academics and cartographers will lie to you and say that it’s hard to know which lands belonged to whom in the “pre-contact days.” This is a reflection of their unwillingness to dialogue with indigenous peoples and knowledges than it is actual existing information, because you can bet Native peoples know which land is theirs.

They’ll legitimate “estimations” and “generalizations” for the sake of “general knowledge” that “indigenous peoples were there.” That’s part of a larger colonial narrative that tells us it’s okay to belittle indigenous histories and knowledges for the sake of ignorance produced by that same colonial narrative. 

Finally, they’ll hide behind industry-granted authority grounded in objectivism—as if colonizers could ever be objective about the lands they’re colonizing. In the words of Fanon, “for the colonized person, objectivity is always turned against them.” This authority is granted by colonial institutions of power that actively works to the detriment of indigenous peoples and legitimates epistemic and material violence from academics and professionals. There is no such thing as objectivity, much less an objective map.

Aside from formal reservation boundaries, there are no maps in existence which adequately represent indigenous territories of North America (and even reservation boundaries are complicated and changing, and don’t include unrecognized tribes). What does indigenous territory mean? Is it legal landholdings? Cultural areas? Linguistic areas? Historic areas, and if so, from which time period? The only way to account for the multiple and varied iterations and meanings of “indigenous territories” is to create maps of extremely small areas, working from indigenous knowledges and histories. They would have to be something like 20x60mi on each page, and even then would require multiple iterations, taking historic change, varying definitions, and varying narratives into account (many boundaries are contested or overlap!). The final project would be a whole series of massive atlases. 

Maps are an assertion of power. Think carefully what kind of power you’re perpetuating when using maps like these. For more information and to see other posts I’ve written on the subject (including the use of GIS), see these posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Source: nitanahkohe

Smoke and Mirrors Pt. 1 - All cities have magic

One of his shots accompanying the article

Part One of Five of Stephen Grasso’s reflections on London as a living site of magic. I got my start in that mindset. Grasso has the knowledge

Photo Set

Living in London, if you don’t drive, then in your mind you live in the Tube map more than you do in the real geography of the city. You might get to know some areas inside-out but in linking them all up, you resort to your knowledge of the Underground for the most part. Who has the time to explore the whole city? A select few maybe but it’s never totally covered. It bleeds right out to the margins, being an old city.

So seeing something like these maps of individual Tube lines is like a light coming on in parts of your memory that have never known light, have only ever been intuitive and physiognomic. Awesome catch by fuckyeahcartography


“A series of prints showing a more accurate geographic representation of the London Underground network – what’s your line?”

Can’t say I have a favorite line, but these are pretty cool none the less. Interesting when isolated! 

They are from Unherd Prints.

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Source: theoinglis

An enthusiastic talk on Marko Rodin’s Vortex based mathematics and a model for considering ‘free energy’. The Rodin Coil, vortex machines, the critical nature of temperature regulation and etheron energy.   “Numbers are real”. Enticing, no?


Timezones of the United States

For brooding upon while considering an idea for a novel.