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new year, new direction?
|| 1/2/2007 || 11:07 am || Comments Off on new year, new direction? || ||

After recapping last year’s maelstrom of maps, I am wondering if I should continue on the path of remapping America/DC or if I should head into a new direction for 2007. I’m not sure yet, but as with everything, time will tell. I have some tessellated aerial photography ready to use for at least 5 more maps, but until I do a substantial backup of the maps created in the second half of 2006, I’d rather hold off until I’ve caught up with the past. I guess that poster I used to have hanging in my bathroom summarizes my feelings perfectly, “The Past Holds The Future Hostage,” ….but I am ready to negotiate.



Tessellations of Time: A 2006 Recap
|| 12/31/2006 || 10:42 am || Comments Off on Tessellations of Time: A 2006 Recap || ||

So I just got done going through all of the 2006 blog entries counting up all the maps I made this year. It turns out that I made 206 maps in 2006! There are a few maps that I did not publish on my website, so the number is technically higher. I wonder if that is a record of some sort? Most maps made in one year by a sole cartographer. Well, it might be, but then again, my maps are not your traditional maps!

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Temporal Stereography of Schiller Park, Illinois
|| 12/3/2006 || 4:47 pm || Comments Off on Temporal Stereography of Schiller Park, Illinois || ||

Tessellations of Time
Schiller Park Quilt 2002 || Schiller Park Quilt 2005

Some locations around the United States have high-resolution, color, aerial photography available from two specific periods of time, some entire states have none. Washington, DC has imagery of 2002 and 2005, however the 2005 imagery has not been released to public (I’m still waiting to see if NO WAR shows up on my roof!). All of my DC maps use the Feb 2002 imagery. Google currently uses imagery of Washington, DC that was taken probably in March or April of 2002 because the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is still semi-completed in both sets of imagery.

Chicago, on the other hand, also has available imagery taken in April of 2002 and April of 2005. So I obtained both years for the Village of Schiller Park, Illinois, which is located right outside of Chicago’s O’Hare airport. When preparing the imagery I made sure that they were identical tessellations, differing only in acquisition date. I attempted to match the tone as best as I could.

The idea behind this process was that when printed and hung next to each other, they would create a rudimentary stereoscopic projection that would look largely similar, but with temporal artifacts showing change in the built environment.

The one regret is rendering the maps at 9K x 6K instead of the normal 18K x 12K, I would have captured more detail from the source aerial photography. But aside from that, I am going to make more of these temporal diptychs when the imagery is available. I think it’s a unique method of showing time, space, place, and symmetry.

Ironically, even though both sets of imagery present Schiller Park in the recent past, those of you in Chicago are technically seeing the future, because Google will most likely update their servers with the same imagery I’m using. So in reality, you are looking at a map of the future!

Left = 2002 || Right = 2005

Look closely and watch time bend.

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Financial District Quilt of San Francisco
|| 11/22/2006 || 1:25 pm || Comments Off on Financial District Quilt of San Francisco || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

via Wikipedia

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.

View the Google Map of the Financial District in San Francisco, California.


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Bethesda Quilt
|| 11/10/2006 || 9:20 am || Comments Off on Bethesda Quilt || ||

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Bethesda Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

I am starting to make my way out to the suburbs of Washington, DC…

View the Google Map of Bethesda, Maryland.

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Hospital for Horses & Dogs
|| 8/20/2006 || 4:11 pm || Comments Off on Hospital for Horses & Dogs || ||

I am exhbiting my maps at this:



Jefferson City Quilt #2
|| 6/10/2006 || 9:30 am || Comments Off on Jefferson City Quilt #2 || ||

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Jefferson City Quilt no.2 by Nikolas R. Schiller

View the Google Map of Jefferson City, Missouri.


: detail :

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blogging break
|| 5/6/2006 || 8:42 am || Comments Off on blogging break || ||

For the nearly last 5 months straight I’ve managed to have a least one map made for every day for this blog.  I’ve decided to take a break for a wee bit and concentrate on a few other important tasks.  I should be back to my map making activites shortly.  Hold tight.



Raleigh Quilt
|| 4/21/2006 || 8:35 am || Comments Off on Raleigh Quilt || ||

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Raleigh Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

So I made two Raleigh maps, but I totally screwed up on the second. Instead of intersecting two different planes, I only had one plane. I can’t believe I rendered such an incomplete map, but alas I did. I’ve opted to not post the second one because of it’s inherent error. Maybe I’ll get around to making another….but not anytime soon.

View the Google Map of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina

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Harvard Quilt – NE
|| 3/2/2006 || 8:59 am || Comments Off on Harvard Quilt – NE || ||

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Harvard Quilt - NE by Nikolas Schiller

A friend of mine that I have been spending a lot of time with lately graduated from Harvard a few years ago. When I told her that I was going to make a map of Harvard she showed me which dorm she lived in. When I set up the tessellation I tried my best to place her dorm, the Dunster House, near the seam on the NE & NW tessellations. The SE & SW tessellations placed her dorm on the edges of the tessellation, so I haven’t got around to making those two maps yet, but I plan on it.

One of my favorite aspects of my map making activities is seeing how the final product turns out. Where will the seams line up? What buildings will get reflected along a line of symmetry? What part of the map will be the most beautiful? Will I find a random reflection? etc. etc. It turns out that this map and the following map, have her former dorm placed beautifully. I also broke away from the standard 2 / 3 / 4 seamed maps, and made 6 seamed map, and I must say that I very happy with how this map turned out. Check the details to see what I’m talking about!

View the Google Map of Harvard University
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