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Subjective Cartography
June 19, 2013 7:16 PM   Subscribe

If New York Were A Blank Slate, How Would You Fill It In? is a piece on Becky Cooper's book Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers both famous and not. Cooper's Map Your Memories tumblr. Found from Brain Pickings, which has much more.

How Do You Navigate A City With No Street Names? which leads to mapping collected memory.
Seeing Differently - Cartography for Subjective Maps Based on Dynamic Urban Data -
Bangalore : Subjective Cartography at metamap.
posted by the man of twists and turns (6 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

It's like a constrained version of PostSecret.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:33 PM on June 19, 2013

more Brain Pickings: The Birth of Our Modern Obsession with Maps, on Simon Garfield's book On The Map.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:47 PM on June 19, 2013

posted by sexyrobot at 9:20 PM on June 19, 2013

In linguistics, there's also perceptual dialectology, where non-linguists describe where they think different varieties of language are. One can take a course on it at UCSD.
posted by knile at 12:26 AM on June 20, 2013

Did she have to use preprinted outlines of Manhattan all oriented along the same North-South axis? I'm guessing that was done for expediency, but I think it makes things too rigid and excludes any creative distortion of space, such as that found on a very famous cover of the New Yorker.

I had an art history class taught by a professor whose research included the study of maps and how they reflect our internal perception of space. It's fascinating stuff. We all live in a very distorted space that's defined by our experiences and often in conflict with others. For instance, the commuters in class held a very different notion than the residents of what the "front" of the campus was because they mostly drove in and parked on the side that was opposite to where the dorms were "behind" the academic buildings.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 4:37 AM on June 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

Berg's Horizonless Projection Of Manhattan
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:06 AM on June 20, 2013

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