Everything a Map Can Be

I really enjoyed reading about this episode in Henry David Thoreau’s career as a surveyor, in which he was hired to map a river in his home town to settle a water usage dispute, but turned in a map that showed so much more than just¬†territory: it showed the life lived along its banks. Everything this radical kind of mapping entails goes beyond this river, providing stark contrast against the settlement patterns of American history, and the way we map the world today.

– via Places Journal

Mapping Above and Below the City

If you’re anything like me, its impossible to follow a set of stairs into any subway system without wondering how everything above ground interfaces with everything below ground. Even a rudimentary set of orientation instincts tells you that what is happening in these tunnels is not directly mirrored above ground. So, needless to say, I find these X-ray maps of NYC subway stations by Candy Chan absolutely fascinating. I love the approach to mapping and architecture shown in these drawings!