August 30: Calibrating the Compass

Syllabus Review

Getting our Bearings: I’ll be referring to these texts in class; you’re welcome to read them, but you’re not obligated to do so!


References & Inspiration: I’ll bring these books to class so we can look through them. I’ve also requested that copies of (almost) all of these titles be placed on reserve in the List Center Library @ 6 East 16th St.; I encourage you to reference them throughout the semester.

  • Jill Desimini & Charles Waldheim, Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2016).
  • Katharine Harmon, You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2004): maps of the body and spirit, maps of emotion and memory, maps of fictional places and cosmology, maps of air routes and stereotypes
  • David Macaulay, Underground (Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1976).
  • Liza Mogel & Alexis Bhagat, Eds., An Atlas of Radical Cartography (Los Angeles: The Journal of Aesthetics Protest Press, 2008).
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ed., Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies (London: Thames & Hudson, 2014): cartographic artwork, classified by theme: redrawn territories, charting human life, scientia naturalis, invented worlds, and the unmappable
  • Seth Robbins and Robert Neuwirth, Mapping New York (London: Black Dog, 2009): maps of the city’s evolution and its services, travel maps, maps of the urban imagination
  • Rebecca Solnit, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2010): maps of indigenous spaces, open spaces, post-industrial spaces, film locations, racial justice, butterfly habitats, shipyard sounds, murders, evictions, coffee, military-industrial think tanks, remembered identities, and more
  • Rebecca Solnit, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2016).
  • Nato Thompson, Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism (Brooklyn: Melville House, 2008).
  • Visual Editions, Ed., Where You Are: A Book Of Maps That Will Leave You Completely Lost (London: Visual Editions, 2013) [see also the lovely print edition]*
  • Denis Wood and John Fels, The Natures of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of the Natural World (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008): 6-16, 26-28, 31-32.
  • Denis Wood, Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas (Los Angeles: Siglio, 2010).



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