Cartographic Grounds

Projecting the Landscape Imaginary

Jill Desimini, Charles Waldheim


     8;5 × 10.5 in (12.7 × 26.7 cm)
272 pages
200 color illustrations
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616893293

Mapping has been one of the most fertile areas of exploration for architecture and landscape in the past few decades. While documenting this shift in representation from the material and physical description toward the dpiction of the unseen and often immaterial, Cartographic Grounds takes a critical view toward the current use of data mapping and visualization and calls for a return to traditional cartographic to reimagine the manifestation and manipulation of the ground itself.
Each of the ten chapters focuses on a single cartographic technique---sounding/spot elevation, isobath/contour, hachure/hatch, shaded relief, land classi cation, figure-ground, stratigraphic column, cross-section, line symbol, conventional sign---and illustrates it through beautiful maps and plans from notable designers and cartographers throughout history, from Leonardo da Vinci to James Corner Field Operations. Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, introduces the book.

Jill Desimini and Charles Waldheim are professors of landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Editorial Reviews

Landscape Architecture :

"A rich resource for landscape planners and architects, urban designers, multimedia designers, students, and educators. The authors make a case for how rigorous interpretations of cartographic practices influence contemporary landscape architectural practice. They also provide instruction for designers to marshal the data from a range of surficial, topographic, and infrastructural maps---to divine grounded and intelligent plans for landscape."

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