30 days, 30 maps

Visionscarto spent the 30 days of November publishing daily map data visualisations for a variety of areas both geographically and mathematically. Here he explained why he is so fascinated by mapping algorithms:

Why am I so fascinated by the early computer mapping algorithms? Maybe another way of framing that question is to ask, what have we lost when geographic information systems (GIS) became dominant? Looking back at the research from the 1970’s and 80’s, it’s obvious that maps were not just the layering of tons of data on top of one another (if I can caricature what GIS does). Cartography was meant to be transformative, to show relations, movements, networks, structures of power. With the access we have now to fantastic new classes of algorithms, easy to plug in with data in notebooks that run instantly, there is a lot to invent, and we can iterate quickly, mix and match, try things out. We just need to do a bit of homework to learn and rediscover (and sometimes resuscitate) what the previous generation explored.

Some of the maps include guessing a map of Czechoslavakia, a bi-hexagonal projection of Earth, and oceans represented by dots. I couldn’t choose one to screenshot for this blog post so fill your boots with all 30 by visiting the Observable link.

Concrete Montreal Map is an atlas of the city's brutalist architecture

Concrete Montreal Map

The name Carte Montréal Béton just sounds great on its own. It is, of course, the French name for Concrete Montreal Map, the latest brutalist map from Blue Crow Media.

It’s said that Montreal became a canvas for concrete architecture during the early 20th century, with a peak during Expo 67 which the below Habitat 67 was built for. Designed by Moshe Safdie, it’s a brutalist landmark and one of Canada’s most famous pieces of modern architecture.

Habitat 67, Montreal (not from the map; via jean hambourg on Flickr)

The company have already made maps for major cities such as London, Boston, New York, and Paris. Montreal has an abundance of brutalist buildings and photographer Raphaël Thibodeau brings all 56 of them to life in monochrome.

Australian brutalist fans can rejoice as Concrete Melbourne Map is out later this summer.

Place Desjardins by Société La Haye-Ouellet; Longpré, Marchand, Goudreau; Blouin et Blouin; Gauthier, Guité, Roy; Ouellet et Reeves
Place Desjardins by Société La Haye-Ouellet; Longpré, Marchand, Goudreau; Blouin et Blouin; Gauthier, Guité, Roy; Ouellet et Reeves

(via Wallpaper)

Blue Crow Media Loves Brutalism

Blue Crow Media are publishers in London who started out making a series of food and drink city guides, before branching out to architectural maps. Their Brutalist maps are now all the rage, covering world cities such as Boston, New York, Paris, and Berlin.

I adore these maps and I hope to get the London map soon. My last few trips to London on the Underground have involved me traipsing through the city looking for as many brutalist buildings as my legs would allow. This map is essential.


Journalist Charts Every Quantum Leap On A Map

Quantum Leap

A journalist by the name of Josh Jones created an interactive map tracing every “quantum leap” Sam Beckett made on the show. Each location is marked with the episode number and description.

Of the 93 leaps in 5 series, most of them occurred on his home turf. A few happened in Europe, one in Africa (Egypt) and another in Asia (Japan). Continents he never visited include Central and South America, and Australia. Could Sam find himself searching the ruins of Machu Picchu or navigating Australia during colonial times in the movie? We’ll leave the ideas to Donald Bellisario.

(via Gizmodo)