Maps

A New Subway Map for New York City?

Designers adore the 1972 New York City subway map designed by Massimo Vignelli. But, taboo though it may be to say, it's far from what New York needs.

At the opening of New York City’s Second Avenue Subway, passengers were given updated copies of the beloved 1972 map by Massimo Vignelli. But, taboo though it may be to say, this attractive map is far from what New York needs.

Deborah Berke on Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Map

For our inaugural "Noteworthy" column, in which an architect or designer reflects on an object that has inspired them, Deborah Berke discusses Buckminster Fuller's remarkable Dymaxion Map.

For our inaugural “Noteworthy” column, in which an architect or designer reflects on an object that has inspired them, Deborah Berke discusses Buckminster Fuller’s remarkable Dymaxion Map.

A Tale of Two Maps: Putting Ecology (& Sustainability) First

To achieve a sustainable world, we must stop building along politically defined limits and start designing in line with ecologically determined borders.

If you want to peer into the future of architecture and infrastructure, try comparing the impact of two vastly different maps of the same place. For this post, I am using a map of the United States; but you could use just about any map of any country on the planet. Map of the United States Looking at this map,…

Book Review: The Grid Book

The Grid Book wants to show us that the history of building, composing, computing, mapping, lending, painting, printing, trading, and writing—the history of modern existence, in other words—is really a history of the grid.

The Grid Book wants to show us that the history of building, composing, computing, mapping, lending, painting, printing, trading, and writing—the history of modern existence, in other words—is really a history of the grid. This is ambitious. By a bit too much, as it turns out. The author, Hannah Higgins, isn’t quite able to map out all the facts she…