Resources re: Ecologies, Nature-Culture, Porosity, etc.

Many of your have proposed atlas projects examining Latourian networks of nature-culture, Anthropocenic landscapes, porous geographies and other hybrid spatial forms. I asked my friend and colleague Bobby Pietrusko — who teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and whose work we’ll be exploring during our “Deep Mapping” week in November — if he could recommend the work of a few designers engaged with hybrid landscapes. Here’s what he recommended:

Anu Mathur + Dilip Da Cuhna

Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha – Wetness Everywhere from GIDEST on Vimeo.

Nina Marie Lister + Chris Reed

Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies,” Places Journal (April 2014)

Projective Ecologies Lecture & Panel from PennDesign on Vimeo.

Bradley Cantrell + Justine Holzman

LAM Lecture 4: Bradley Cantrell, March 13, 2018 from ASLA on Vimeo.

 

 

Some other mapping sources

California Updates, from Anton Thomas, www.antonthomasart.com

NACIS, the North American Cartographic Information Society, has an annual meeting where map nerds talk shop and share projects.

The description of presentations from past meetings are all here (select a block of time and the detailed description will show), and they post video of the talks. Some of the presentations are very technical (I developed this command line tool to help make some changes to a geojson file and let me tell you how you can use it), some about process (we are developing maps for outdoor displays at the National Park Service, here are some things we needed to consider), and some about projects that were as much art projects as anything else.

A few talks that I think show the breadth of projects people presented last year (and might be interesting to folks as we start this class) are Aaron Cope (then with the late lamented Mapzen) and Anton Thomas (who hand draws maps of continents) and the lightning talk segment that included both Joel Radunzel talking about what can be read from daily updated maps during a WWI battle and Geraldine Sarmiento’s Morphology project, looking at the shapes of certain things in digital maps, all the railroad lines or all the airports.

This was mostly a group of people who make maps every day, but also who spend a lot of time thinking about how to do so and why to do so in one way or another.