September 13: Maps as Media | Lab #1

Elias Sime

Tools & Techniques for Critique: Yes, there’s some redundancy in the readings below. We’re aiming to map the overlaps and discrepancies in various critical rubrics.

  • Skim Jeremy Crampton, “What Is Critique?” In Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010): 13-21.
  • Mike Foster, “The Lost Art of Critical Map Reading,” Graphicarto [blog post] (February 27, 2014).
  • Shannon Mattern, “Critiquing Maps II,” Words in Space [blog post] (September 5, 2013).
  • Denis Wood, “At Least 10 Cartographic Codes” In Rethinking the Power of Maps (New York: Guilford Press, 2010): 80-5.
  • Laura Kurgan and Bill Rankin, “Seeing CitiesGuernica (December 15, 2015).
  • Andrew Wiseman, “When Maps Lie,” The Atlantic CityLab (June 24, 2015).
  • Shannon Mattern, “Gaps in the Map,” Words In Space (September 15, 2015) [feel free to skip/skim the discussions of indigenous mapping in the final section, “Herding Dragons”; we read about this work a bit last week — and we’ll revisit it again in our indigenous mapping lesson in a few weeks].
  • Please start preparing your semester project proposal – due Monday 9/18 @ 7pm!
  • And while you’re developing ideas for your final project, think about which week you’d like to present your map critique. Ideally, this assignment will feed into your final project. Reserve your slot here.

Lab: Small-Group In-Class Map Critiques


Mark Denil, “Cartographic Design: Rhetoric and Persuasion,” Cartographic Perspectives 45 (Spring 2003): 8-67.

J.B. Harley, “Maps, Knowledge, and Power” in Denis Cosgrove and Stephen Daniels, Eds., The Iconography of Landscape (Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 1988): 277-312.

Christian Jacob, The Sovereign Map: Theoretical Approaches In Cartography Throughout History, trans. Tom Conley (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006 [1992]).

John Krygier and Denis Wood, “Ce n’est pas le monde (This Is Not the World)” [comic] in Rob Kitchin, Chris Perkins and Martin Dodge, Eds., Rethinking Maps: New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory (New York: Routledge, 2009): 189-219.

Laura Norén’s graphic critiques on Graphic Sociology.

B. Robert Owens, “Mapping the City: Innovation and Continuity in the Chicago School of Sociology, 1920 – 1934,” The American Sociologist 43:3 (September 2012): 264-293 + Maps of the Chicago School of Sociology

Bill Rankin, “Mapping Social Statistics: Race and Ethnicity in Chicago

Bill Rankin, “Redrawing the Map,” Architecture Boston 18:2 (Summer 2015).

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