Mapping the great cities of the world

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Created: 08/13/12
Last Edited: 01/02/14
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For long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed reading maps. I am curious about how the natural geography interacts with man-made landscaping. I wanted to investigate man vs. nature issue by composing a set of maps created with only graphic shapes and lines that depicted roadways, water, and natural areas. Without a legend of any sort, you can get a feel for how much space has been manufactured for human use...and how much has been reserved as a natural area. I chose these specific cities to start off with because I have visited them during my travels so I am familiar with the geography and man-made structures that reside within the limits of the city. Urban sprawl has never looked so beautiful...yet so terrifyingly unnatural.
  • Mapping the great cities of the world
  • For long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed reading maps. I am curious about how the natural geography interacts with man-made landscaping. I wanted to investigate man vs. nature issue by composing a set of maps created with only graphic shapes and lines that depicted roadways, water, and natural areas. Without a legend of any sort, you can get a feel for how much space has been manufactured for human use...and how much has been reserved as a natural area. I chose these specific cities to start off with because I have visited them during my travels so I am familiar with the geography and man-made structures that reside within the limits of the city. Urban sprawl has never looked so beautiful...yet so terrifyingly unnatural.

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