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Harvard Quilt #3
|| 2/25/2009 || 1:42 pm || Comments Off on Harvard Quilt #3 || ||

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Harvard Quilt Number 3 by Nikolas R. Schiller

The other day I decided to snoop around on some of my old hard drives and discovered that I had quite a bit of imagery that I never used to create a map. Yesterday I decided to use some of this imagery to make today’s map. It features .3 meter per pixel imagery that was taken in 2002 of the area around Harvard University.

What is interesting about this imagery is that its really not .3 meters per pixel, but closer to .6 meters per pixel. I found this out when I was post-processing this map and discovered that when the imagery is viewed at its full resolution it becomes quite blurry. At first I thought that I had screwed up and over-projected the map, but when I reopened the source imagery I discovered that it was blurry to begin with. Had I known this, I would have only rendered the map at 9,000 x 6,000 (one half the current size) because this downsampling would make the map less blurry.

Anyways, I haven’t been as active on the mapping front because I’ve made just about every major city in America. I still intend on publishing an atlas featuring all of these maps, but I have yet to find an interested publisher and am wary about going down the self-publishing route. I would, however, love to start mapping cities in Europe. Please contact me if you can obtain public domain imagery of any European city.

View the Google Map of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Vassar Quilt Refraction
|| 3/28/2008 || 3:46 pm || Comments Off on Vassar Quilt Refraction || ||

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Vassar Quilt Refraction

Using this portion of Vassar Quilt #2, I made this derivative map of Vassar College using added elements from the Lenz projection. The optics create a very unique sense of depth at the center of the map. I also added four other optical elements that create a fluvial design, almost appearing to flow toward the center.

View the Google Map of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Vassar Quilt #2
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Vassar Quilt #2

Using this portion of Vassar Quilt, I made this derivative map of Vassar College. For more information about this imagery see my previous posting or read the metadata. There will be a third map in this series that is vastly different than the previous two. It should be on-line shortly.

View the Google Map of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Vassar Quilt
|| 3/26/2008 || 5:18 pm || Comments Off on Vassar Quilt || ||

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Vassar Quilt

Continuing my ongoing project of mapping various colleges, schools, and universities around the United States, I decided to follow-up Mount Holyoke College with Vassar College. According to the metadata, the aerial photography was taken in 2004, scanned at 1 foot per pixel in early 2006, and released to the public in December, 2006. I have prepared another tessellation for Vassar and will make a derivative follow-up map.

View the Google Map of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Mount Holyoke Quilt #2
|| 12/22/2007 || 2:08 pm || Comments Off on Mount Holyoke Quilt #2 || ||

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Mount Holyoke Quilt #2

Read more about Mount Holyoke College in my previous entry.

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Mount Holyoke Quilt
|| 12/21/2007 || 2:54 pm || Comments Off on Mount Holyoke Quilt || ||

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Mount Holyoke Quilt

Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College is the first all woman’s school in the United States of America. Founded by Mary Lyon as Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, it’s served as a model for how most all women’s schools were formed. I visited the campus when I was a young teen because I was forced to travel with my sisters as they looked at universities to attend. I think I can probably map all of the Seven Sisters colleges in the area! Both of my sisters ended up attending Mount Holyoke College and I last visited it in 2000 at my sisters graduation. As for the map, the source aerial photography is a bit grainy, but it works [meta-data forthcoming]. I like the way the dodecagon came out and up next will be a diamond.

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University of Texas at Austin Quilt #3
|| 6/23/2007 || 3:19 pm || Comments Off on University of Texas at Austin Quilt #3 || ||

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Read more about the process used to make the map here.

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University of Texas at Austin Quilt #2
|| 6/22/2007 || 3:14 pm || Comments Off on University of Texas at Austin Quilt #2 || ||

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Read more about the process used to make the map here.

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University of Texas at Austin Quilt
|| 6/21/2007 || 3:02 pm || Comments Off on University of Texas at Austin Quilt || ||

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I finally got around to making the maps for the University of Texas at Austin. I’ve been sitting on this imagery for a few months and with the arrival of a guest from Austin I felt it was time to revisit Austin, Texas again.

For these three maps I used three different tessellations to create three different versions of the same geography. Unlike most of the maps in the Quilt Projection I had to reduce the source imagery to half of it’s original spatial resolution in order to create my normal sized tessellation of 6,000 x 6,000. Essentially, at 1ft per pixel the entire campus was 6,000 x 6,000 in size, so I had to reduce it to 3,000 x 3,000 to create the standard sized 6,000 x 6,000 tile I use for all the maps.

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UC Boulder Quilt #2
|| 6/16/2007 || 10:03 am || Comments Off on UC Boulder Quilt #2 || ||

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UC Boulder Quilt
|| 6/15/2007 || 9:55 am || Comments Off on UC Boulder Quilt || ||

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University of Southern California Quilt #2
|| 4/27/2007 || 7:43 am || Comments Off on University of Southern California Quilt #2 || ||

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University of Southern California Quilt no.2 by Nikolas Schiller

Read my brief comments about USC in my previous entry.

Of note, is that after posting the last map I looked at the number of maps I’ve made of Los Angeles and realized that I have enough for a 2008 Calendar! I will definitely put one together in time for this Christmas season. And after even further review, I actually have enough maps for a series of different calendars- DC, California, Texas, various universities, and fractals. :-)

View the Google Map of University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

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University of Southern California Quilt
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University of Southern California Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

These two maps of the University of Southern California will be the last of Los Angeles for a bit. I am surprised by the amount of maps I have made of this sprawling city! Moreover, I see myself remapping much of the city in the not-so-distant future. There is a lot of places here left to discover. As for USC, I think it’s quite interesting how condensed the University Park Campus is. I thought GWU’s urban location was slighly cramped, but this university was able to fit a lot into a small area.

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Columbine Quilt
|| 4/20/2007 || 8:18 am || Comments Off on Columbine Quilt || ||

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Today is the 8 year anniversary of the tragedy at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. With what happened this week at Virginia Tech I felt that this map would be a way to honor those who passed away.

To this day I still remember sitting in math class watching it all unfold on TV in 1999. I remember seeing a friend of mine, who’s name I cannot recall, being interviewed on television. I had 10 friends from summer camp who were attending Columbine, but thankfully none were hurt.

Also related, but created unintentionally, are my two maps of Oklahoma City, where I inadvertently placed the Oklahoma City Memorial at the center of the maps.

View the Google Map of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

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University of South Florida Quilt with Clouds
|| 8/27/2006 || 11:16 pm || Comments Off on University of South Florida Quilt with Clouds || ||

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I’ve only made one other map with clouds. Yet in that map the clouds did not take on any extra meaning beyond the subtle religious commentary on behalf of the Mormon Church. Yet this map relates to a conversation I had with my sister when she moved to Tampa Florida to teach at the University of South Florida. I asked “Are you prepared for a hurricane?” and her answer was what I expected, “Not yet.” The synthetic clouds in this map represent her likelihood of her experiencing a hurricane while living in Florida. I was unable to make the clouds look like a hurricane per se, but I was able to make them symmetrical, which aesthetically I like better. Regardless, I am worried about a major hurricane hitting Tampa and my sister being in the middle of it. Ironically, my two sisters & I all live in geographic locations that have some level of risk to them: one sister lives in San Francisco (earthquake), the other sister lives in Tampa (hurricane), and I live in Washington, DC (terrorism). Good thing my mom still lives in the midwest…

This rendering took 27 hours to complete, and it’s only half the normal size I usually make my maps. I originally tried to make it at the normal size(216 megapixels), but after 5 minutes and only 5 lines rendered, I decided to cancel the rendering and make it only half size. The reason for the extra rendering time is the nature of how the clouds are made. The depth of each ray of light that hits the clouds has to be determined, which slows down the entire rendering considerably.

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University of South Florida Quilt
|| 8/26/2006 || 11:07 pm || Comments Off on University of South Florida Quilt || ||

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This map was made for my sister. She recently joined the faculty at the University of South Florida and will be teaching art history. I am so proud of her! I hope to print this out for her and give it to her for Christmas. I’d love to have it hanging in her office…

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UCLA Quilt #5
|| 8/14/2006 || 2:23 pm || Comments Off on UCLA Quilt #5 || ||

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UCLA Quilt no. 5 by Nikolas Schiller

The final map of the series….

View the Google Map of the University of California – Los Angeles.

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UCLA Quilt #4
|| 8/13/2006 || 2:21 pm || Comments Off on UCLA Quilt #4 || ||

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UCLA Quilt no. 4 by Nikolas Schiller

This Diamond Quilt Projection Map is the fourth in my series of UCLA maps.

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UCLA Quilt #3
|| 8/12/2006 || 2:18 pm || Comments Off on UCLA Quilt #3 || ||

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UCLA Quilt no. 3 by Nikolas Schiller

Notice how this one isn’t completely symmetrical? Well, in that regards, it was a total mistake! Normally I just scrap the ones that I am not happy with, but I decided to keep this one to simply thrown in some flair to this series.

View the Google Map of the University of California – Los Angeles.

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UCLA Quilt #2
|| 8/11/2006 || 2:16 pm || Comments Off on UCLA Quilt #2 || ||

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UCLA Quilt no. 2 by Nikolas Schiller

This Octagon Quilt Projection map is the second of the series featuring UCLA.

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