1. fuckyeahbeautifulmaps:

    Map of the Central Park, New York, USA | 1875

  3. fuckyeahbeautifulmaps:

    Fire Damage and Reconstruction Map of San Francisco, USA, two Years after the great Fire | 1908

  4. scavengedluxury:

    TR2 and TR3 on a city model. Ljubljana, September 2014.

    (via architectureofdoom)

  5. archatlas:

    Saltscapes San Francisco Bay Cris Benton

    Benton’s images allow us to slip our earthly bonds and see the world from new heights, his aerial views offering a fresh perspective on familiar landscapes. Surprising and sublime, Saltscapes can be enjoyed equally as a collection of art photography and a portrait of ecological transformation and resilience.”

  6. sciience:

    hillshaded terrain map of Israel processed with open-source tools and open data .

    tools »
    - Quantum GIS
    - GDAL

    data »
    - Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
    - Derek Watkins’ excellent SRTM download tool

    (via fuckyeahcartography)

  7. loencontrado:

    Madrid, 1910

  8. urbangeographies:


    A major and at the time controversial change in the city’s traffic patterns occurred in 2009, when Mayor Bloomberg announced that Broadway from 42nd Street to 47th Street would be closed and transformed into pedestrian plazas as a trial experiment. The same change occurred on Broadway from 33rd to 35th Street.

    The goals of these street closures included easing traffic congestion, encouraging use of public transit, reducing pollution, and promoting public space and pedestrian activity in dense Midtown. Local businesses and the American Automobile Association (AAA) initially opposed the changes, due their fears that the street closing would hurt business and impede automobile traffic, but in fact the opposite occurred.

    In 2010, Bloomberg announced that Time Square’s enlarged pedestrian plaza would become permanent. The plastic chairs initially put in the square have been replaced by sturdier metal furniture. Recently the city began to redesign the pedestrian surfaces and public infrastructures to provide a more permanent sense to the enlarged public space.

    (via loencontrado)

  9. loencontrado:

    Vivian Maier. http://www.vivianmaier.com/

    September 26, 1954. New York, NY

    1956. New York, NY

    March 18, 1955. New York, NY

    1956. New York, NY


  10. arquilatria:

    Fresco Chitra Mahal Bundi, India, S. XVII-XVIII

    (Source: animus-inviolabilis, via loencontrado)

  11. anxiaostudio:

    A lot of comments on this article about what a mess these are, or how ugly, but I think there’s really a degree of beauty to it. Like crude imitations of spider webs. Or visual manifestations of connections between people - instead of just an open space of an urban area, showing how people are connecting. (via Photos from the Days When Thousands of Cables Crowded the Skies)

    (via humanscalecities)

  13. futurejournalismproject:

    Mapping Perspective

    Via Al Jazeera:

    Why do maps always show the north as up? For those who don’t just take it for granted, the common answer is that Europeans made the maps and they wanted to be on top. But there’s really no good reason for the north to claim top-notch cartographic real estate over any other bearing, as an examination of old maps from different places and periods can confirm…

    …There is nothing inevitable or intrinsically correct — not in geographic, cartographic or even philosophical terms — about the north being represented as up, because up on a map is a human construction, not a natural one. Some of the very earliest Egyptian maps show the south as up, presumably equating the Nile’s northward flow with the force of gravity. And there was a long stretch in the medieval era when most European maps were drawn with the east on the top. If there was any doubt about this move’s religious significance, they eliminated it with their maps’ pious illustrations, whether of Adam and Eve or Christ enthroned. In the same period, Arab map makers often drew maps with the south facing up, possibly because this was how the Chinese did it.

    Things changed with the age of exploration. Like the Renaissance, this era didn’t start in Northern Europe. It began in the Mediterranean, somewhere between Europe and the Arab world. In the 14th and 15th centuries, increasingly precise navigational maps of the Mediterranean Sea and its many ports called Portolan charts appeared. They were designed for use by mariners navigating the sea’s trade routes with the help of a recently adopted technology, the compass. These maps had no real up or down — pictures and words faced in all sorts of directions, generally pointing inward from the edge of the map — but they all included a compass rose with north clearly distinguished from the other directions.

    Image: A perfectly good map. Select to embiggen.

    (via mapsontheweb)

  14. mapsandshhtuff:

    Weeks of data modeling and I ended up with this pretty sweet map of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Hopefully all these pixels mean something.

  15. mollitudo:


    (via mapsandshhtuff)