An Illustrated Cross Section of Hong Kong’s Infamous Kowloon Walled City

"The Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong was built gradually—building on top of building—over time. Without a single architect, the ungoverned and most densely populated district became a haven for drugs, crime and prostitution until it was demolished in 1993. Photo documentation of the site exists but for the most part much of the inner-workings of the city remained a mystery."

Via ThisIsColassal


Cartographic Assemblages

Maps help us find our way in the world (or make us even more lost), but the concept of a map can also be applied when trying to organize together memories, identity, narrative and materiality.

Artist Lindsey Dunnagan explores the mapping of memories and identity in her series Mapping the Intangible, while in Mapping New Worlds, the artist focuses on manipulating topography, hinting at familiar places, but distorted in a way that the familiar becomes alien.

The materiality of Dunnagan’s work in Mapping the Intangible is significant because the watercolour is mixed with salt, allowing unexpected patterns to form, as if creating city limits, but also transform over time as the salt dries and flakes off. The artist focuses on locations that are familiar and important to her memories and identity, yet unrecognizable to the viewer because the maps juxtapose on one another, creating “false connections”, rather serving, as the artist states, “as an atlas of memory that informs identity”. The same kind of atlas, albeit abstract, can be found in Mapping New Worlds but rather than focusing just on identity and memory, the pieces in this series focus on “concepts of city development, communication, and abstracted” landscape. Familiar images such as cities and roads are obstructed by rivers or clouds, creating an almost mythological narrative of the geography.

Similar to Dunnagan’s work, is that of Scott W. Bradford’s, but rather than mapping out specific locations which focus on geography, Bradford pieces together various elements which map out a narrative through materiality. The artist states that he links “the materiality of the surface to the drawing itself, either metaphorically or in terms of the narrative” in order to emphasize that it is constructed; his maps are fiction. In both his series’ Blueshift and Journey to Nowhere, stories are being told.

Each piece maps out its own narrative, but when the series is presented as a whole, the works become a collection of stories, mapping out an overall narrative of materiality.

- Anna Paluch

Mapping 92 Years of Bigfoot Sightings

“On the hunt for Bigfoot?  Josh Stevens, a PhD candidate in Geography at Penn State, has stumbled across a treasure trove of Bigfoot sightings.  Stevens discovered that the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has catalogued Bigfoot/Sasquatch sightings in the United States and Canada stretching back to 1921.

The database hosted by BFRO contains thousands of geocoded and timestamped logs describing sightings of the mythical beast.  Stevens consolidated a total of 3,313 sightings from 1921 to 2013.  He then mapped and graphed out the sightings to look for patterns.”

Via GISLounge

anonymous asked:

Your maps are gorgeous! Do you have any art background? I want mine to look like yours! *droooool*


Aww! Thanks for saying so! I don’t have an art background, I’ve just been sketching maps for a very long time.

I’ve been thinking about doing some tutorials on mapping for RPGs and, specifically, mapping for publication in RPGs. If that seems like something you’d be interested in, do let me know.

Until then, though, here’s how that map I was working on today ended up (with Tiny Tywin’s help), along with a couple of others I had on handy!

Thanks again for the kind words. I really appreciate it! :D





These Richly Detailed Maps Give the Modern World a Victorian Twist

“Wouldn’t we all love to live in a city where floating dirigibles shared the horizon alongside the glass towers of our modern skylines? Such is the wild world featured in the highly complex, geographically accurate illustrations of Icelandic artist Kristjana S. Williams, whose maps are part of an exhibition for the London Design Festival that opened today.”

Via Gizmodo

Mapping the world’s tropical forests with a fleet of airplanes outfitted with advanced LiDAR could rapidly and accurately assess global forest carbon stocks for a fraction of the cost of a typical Earth observation satellite mission — and far less than field-based sampling — argues a new paper published in <i>Carbon Balance and Management</i>.



Absolutely sensational dynamic projection mapping of the face.

Louisiana is drowning, quickly

“In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation’s economy.

And it’s going to get worse, even quicker.

Scientists now say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion over the next 50 years, so far unabated and largely unnoticed.”

Via Grist

Work in progress on neighborhood maps. This map is a part of lager panel that will show bus connections near light rail stations in Pittsburgh. 

I always start with ArcGIS to compile initial data layers, then I style everything in Illustrator. Major landmarks are used to orient transit users in relation to the two-letter stops. The simple 3D shapes can be quickly put together in either Sketchup or directly in Illustrator using ‘extrude and bevel’ tool. 

There are some limitations to Urban Layers, as you might expect: The “year-built” code doesn’t appear to be accurate for every building, as Morphocodeexplains. In the map showing all construction through 2013, the gray tiles represent the properties for which no “year-built” data are available: about 2 percent of the footprints for Manhattan’s 46,000-odd buildings. Seeing when those buildings were constructed at the parcel level with a simple slide of a rule is a real advance in data mapping.  

So many questions! Why did it take New York so long to take to build up around Central Park after its completion in 1857? There was an enormous building boom following the consolidation of the cities of New York and Brooklyn in 1898, just after the end of the rule of the Tammany Hall machine. Is the rise of much of modern Manhattan related to the formal consolidation of the five boroughs?

-Mapping the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

[Map: Morphocode]