this is just a set of links i thought i’d post—some of them are well known resources, a few have been flying under the radar, and some of them just came to my attention the last couple of weeks (warning: they are all over the place).
if you love architecture history and you love maps, this is an excellent resource: mmj and prakash’s global history of architecture’s wiley link. click to download a google earth file which contains most of the sites in the book. warning: some sites were located when satellite images were blurry, and have slightly moved. still, pretty awesome. for more historical maps, see here, and go here for a great resource on the history of maps.
what? you call yourself a map fan and don’t know about david rumsey’s historical map collection? shame on you! my favorite is this map of st. petersburg from 1753. the library of congress also a good map collections page. more maps? here’s mit’s recommendations (overlap).
open street map is an open source map that in many instances is more complete than google—although i have to admit i love google maps. for a cool twist, you can look at the names without the maps in damon zucconi’s fata morgana. more interactive goodness is coming by way of polymaps, which looks fantastic—although i need more web expertise to play with them.
i don’t necessarily agree with the whole list but here are ten maps that may or may not have changed the world all that much. if you’re feeling a bit postcolonialist, go ahead and look at some upside down maps. and for something completely different, here are frank jacobs’s strange maps.
maps for the fellow archinerd: openbuildings recently launched so it is on baby stage, but looks very promising. other existing architectural databases that have been geotagging their sites in hopes of offering something similar soon. there’s also mimoa, more europe-based, and the archi-tourist, which is a wiki and also has more links.
if you want some reading, bruno latour likes maps… and kazys does too (both suffer from benjamitis, though, but who am i to judge?). if you want to go big picture, try nato thompson’s experimental geographies, although i should confess i haven’t read it yet. other recommendations i can actually back up:
louis marin, “the city in its map and portrait,” in on representation (stanford: stanford university press 2001)
j.b. harley, “maps, knowledge, and power,” in denis cosgrove, the iconography of landscape (cambridge: cambridge university press, 1988).
jorge luis borges on maps (you knew it was coming): del rigor en la ciencia
finally, if you’re tired of maps, go look at the earth itself—great nasa footage!