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How a Map Is Like an Op-Ed – Sara Johnson – The Atlantic Cities

Maps are often seen as boring, factual statements. But, as this op-ed points out, they are in fact colorful, editorialized visualizations of landscape.

Thanks to the open data movement and Google Map Maker, anyone with a computer can create a map. These maps tell a story, but it’s a subjective one. And while that can be a powerful tool, it can also skew perspectives and cloud a debate.”We should really teach people to read maps in that way,” says Laura Kurgan, an associate professor of architecture at Columbia University. “Maps are arguments, just like a piece of written journalism is an argument.”

How a Map Is Like an Op-Ed - Sara Johnson - The Atlantic Cities

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.