Over the last few months I’ve been going to Silver Spring for business and I decided to get around to making a map of the central business district.
A Wrinkle in Chicago
|| 9/9/2007 || 1:05 pm || Comments Off on A Wrinkle in Chicago || ||
This map was made in homage of Madeleine L’Engle, who recently passed away. Her use of the word “tesseract” in a Wrinkle in Time had a epistemological effect on my curiosity for the science. This map was designed using two projections of downtown Chicago (including the Sears Tower). On the right is the Diamond projection and on the left is the Square projection. Of note is that its one of the few quilt projection maps that has visible lines of non-symmetry. Anyways, some day in the future I’d like to map the neighborhoods of Chicago. I think it would be a fun series to explore.
Google’s View of D.C. Melds New and Sharp, Old and Fuzzy – Washington Post
|| 7/22/2007 || 4:39 pm || Comments Off on Google’s View of D.C. Melds New and Sharp, Old and Fuzzy – Washington Post || ||
Today my analysis concerning Google’s censorship of downtown Washington, DC made it into a story on the front page of the Metro section of the Washington Post.
Here are two snippets from the article by Jenna Johnson titled, “Google’s View of D.C. Melds New and Sharp, Old and Fuzzy”
The older images frustrate cartographer Nikolas Schiller, 26, who takes an artistic approach to mapmaking and is working on an atlas. Schiller, who lives in the U Street area, said that too much of the District is represented using the older photos, diminishing the amount of information — and thrill — that aerial photos can provide.
“Maps are about power,” he said. “Maps decide what gets developed, who lives where, how people get around.”
Schiller said he thinks Google should just use the 2002 map for the small spots the government has censored rather than the whole downtown area.
And he said he’s puzzled that any level of blurriness is needed by anyone — even the government — especially because he recently took a detailed tour of a nuclear reactor south of Detroit via Google Earth.
“Where is the concept of national security in this?” he asked.
By random chance, tomorrow’s map is the nuclear reactor mentioned in the article.
Philly Mandala #2
|| 2/27/2007 || 4:46 pm || Comments Off on Philly Mandala #2 || ||
When processing Philly Quilt #2 for my on-line store I made this derivative map. By taking the original map and keeping only the exact circular center of the map, I was able to easily construct this mandala.
Financial District Quilt of San Francisco
|| 11/22/2006 || 1:25 pm || Comments Off on Financial District Quilt of San Francisco || ||
The area is marked by the cluster of high-rise towers that lies between Grant Street east of the Union Square shopping district, Sacramento Street and Columbus Street, south of Chinatown and North Beach, and the Embarcadero that rings the waterfront. The city’s tallest buildings, including the Bank of America tower and the Transamerica Pyramid, and some other tall buildings, like 101 California Street and 345 California Street are located here.
The District is home to the city’s largest concentration of corporate headquarters, law firms, banks, savings & loans and other financial institutions, such as the corporate headquarters of VISA, Wells Fargo Bank, the Charles Schwab Corporation, McKesson Corporation, Barclays Global Investors, The Gap, and the Union Bank of California among others. The headquarters of the Bank of California, the 12th district of the United States Federal Reserve, and the Pacific Stock Exchange (although no longer located in that building) are located in the area as well. Montgomery Street (“Wall Street of the West”) is the traditional heart of the district. There are several shopping malls in the area including the Crocker Galleria, the Embarcadero Center, the Ferry Building, and the Rincon Center complex.
To me, it’s my second example of aerial chiaroscuro.
Bethesda Quilt #2
|| 11/10/2006 || 9:26 am || Comments Off on Bethesda Quilt #2 || ||
I scaled this one slightly to show more of the area. The goal was to create a full circle out of the school’s track.
Lincoln Nebraska Quilt
|| 4/3/2006 || 8:29 am || Comments Off on Lincoln Nebraska Quilt || ||
Today’s map is one of my first for the state of Nebraska.
Atlanta Quilt #3
|| 2/24/2006 || 8:05 am || Comments Off on Atlanta Quilt #3 || ||
This map is the final iteration in the series. They all turned out great.
Atlanta Quilt #2
|| 2/23/2006 || 8:02 am || Comments Off on Atlanta Quilt #2 || ||
I am making a series of maps for downtown Atlanta.
View the Google Map of Atlanta, Georgia
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|| 2/8/2006 || 9:04 am || Comments Off on Chicago Quilt || ||
So I’ve finally got around to making some maps of Chicago. I’ve had this imagery sitting on my computer for almost a year now, but I just never got around to tessellating it. I chose this location of downtown Chicago (view google map) because it is where the AAG’s Annual Meeting is going to take place next month.
Ideally, I’d like to have one of these printed out and maybe given away in a raffle similar to last year. Anyways, I am making a few different maps of Chicago. I have #2 finished rendering and #3 is in the pipeline. Tonight I will prepare both of them for tomorrow. I think it might be a good idea to snag some other imagery of Chicago to make my coverage of the city slightly better.