Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, EUR, Rome. Designed in 1937 for the 1942 World’s Fair by Italian architects Giovanni Guerrini, Ernesto Bruno La Padula and Mario Romano. The exhibition was cancelled and construction of the building finished eventually in 1943. / Flickr
Students throughout Boston are getting a radically different view of the world, one laminated 24-by-36-inch sheet of paper at a time.
Beginning last Thursday, Boston Public Schools administrators have been sending social studies teachers in the second, seventh and 11th grades new maps for their classrooms — depictions that more accurately portray the sizes of Earth’s continents.
When many people picture a map of the world, what they’re probably thinking of is a Mercator projection, a representation that despite its apparent distortions has been around more than 400 years. It’s that map that hangs in most classrooms throughout the U.S., including those in Boston.