Our Sidewalk City book has a critical cartography visual primer as well as a chapter devoted to the topic. But, here we wanted to share some links in order to give the bigger picture, to inspire, and to commiserate. The group of links on this page involve what we are calling critical cartography, which is currently being explored with passion by geographers, architects, artists, planners, and those defying labels. Our working definition of critical cartography is “mapping the unmapped”: it notices people and things that are overlooked or denied and it usually debunks professionalism with an anti-sleek visual vocabulary and techniques. The categories listed here are more used to break up the page into digestible groups but are invariably problematic i.e. “artists” could be applied to any number of people on the page. We welcome suggestions for more links.
Image: Meta Mapa: Hand Maps
Image: Closeup of Chicago Typographic Map