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Making Sense of Maps

TED Talks Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places.

 

This video touches on numerous themes that are crucial to geographers including: 1) how our minds arrange spatial information, 2) how to best graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your audience and 3) how mapping a place can be the impetus for changing outdated systems. This is the story of how a cartographer working to improve a local transportation system map, which in turn, started city projects to improve the infrastructure and public utilities in Dublin, Ireland. This cartographer argues that the best map design for a transport system needs to conform to how on cognitive mental mapping works more so than geographic accuracy (like so many subway maps do).

 

Tags: transportation, urban, mapping, cartography, planning, TED, video, unit 7 cities.


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Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 14, 2012 3:42 PM
When trying to graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your particular audience, you will have a lot to take into consideration. How familiar are the travelers with the area you map out? Are there visuals to precisely mark on the map so that will they accurately correspond to the area?
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Should China be involved in the UK's nuclear energy infrastructure?

Should China be involved in the UK's nuclear energy infrastructure? | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Paul Dorfman: A more responsible way forward to this ethically questionable strategy can be found with Germany's energy policy...
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Record minimum for Arctic sea ice

Record minimum for Arctic sea ice | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Arctic sea ice has reached its minimum extent for the year, setting a record for the lowest summer cover since data collection began.
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The separatist map of Africa: interactive

The separatist map of Africa: interactive | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
When African states gained independence, the continent's new leaders agreed to respect the old colonial borders to avoid endless wars.
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Arctic melting at 'amazing' speed

Arctic melting at 'amazing' speed | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
BBC science editor David Shukman reports from Svalbard in Norway, where scientists say they are amazed by the speed at which Arctic sea ice is melting.
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Snow dragons

Snow dragons | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
THE Arctic is melting faster than almost anybody expected. It has just been reported that the area of sea ice has never been smaller. And having already surpassed...
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Last stand of the spider tortoise

Last stand of the spider tortoise | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Could a newly identified population of spider tortoises rescue the species or are the odds against them too high?
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Osborne vows infrastructure boost

Osborne vows infrastructure boost | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Chancellor George Osborne unveils plans to back up to £50bn in private sector building projects - but Labour says he has "no new ideas".
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Climate target 'is unrealistic'

Climate target 'is unrealistic' | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
One of the government's most senior scientific advisers has said that efforts to stop a sharp rise in global temperatures were now unrealistic.
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'Pop-up' idea in cause of tsunami

'Pop-up' idea in cause of tsunami | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Researchers propose a mechanism that may cause the largest tsunami - a "popping up" of wedges of sediment, even from comparatively small earthquakes.
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Can UK compete with Silicon Valley?

Can UK compete with Silicon Valley? | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
The UK's 'silicon roundabout' or 'Tech City' in east London is the focus for the UK's technology sector, but can it compete with the US?
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Total head against environment risk of Arctic oil: FT report

Total head against environment risk of Arctic oil: FT report | Geography In the News | Scoop.it

Sept 26, 2012 - Oil companies should not drill for oil in Arctic waters, the head of French oil group Total, Christophe de Margerie, told the Financial Times in an interview published on its website on Wednesday.


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The 'big melt' at the roof of the world

The 'big melt' at the roof of the world | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Does the record size of the melt in the Arctic this year raise the prospect of an open sea some time soon?
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Tories' dash for gas risks climate target

Tories' dash for gas risks climate target | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
An over-reliance on gas-fired power stations risks making it impossible for Britain to meet targets on cutting carbon emissions, the new head of the independent climate change watchdog has warned.
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Global warming may actually boost biodiversity (if it happens slowly ...

Global warming may actually boost biodiversity (if it happens slowly ... | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Previous analyses of the fossil record suggest that biodiversity tends to dip during warm, "greenhouse" phases of global temperature. Now, research published this week turns that conclusion on its head; a warming planet, ...
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To flee or not to flee?

To flee or not to flee? | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
IT MAY not count as an exodus. Indeed, it doesn’t even satisfy that hoary old journalistic definition of a trend: three examples. Separately, a pair of expatriates...
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US energy independence 'by 2020'

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney vows North American energy independence by 2020, on the campaign trail in the state of New Mexico.
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Biomass 'on rise despite drought'

Biomass 'on rise despite drought' | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
The carbon storage capacity of protected forests in West Africa increases despite the region suffering a 40-year drought, a study suggests.
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Antarctica warming 'not unique'

Antarctica warming 'not unique' | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
The recent Antarctic Peninsula temperature rise and associated ice loss is unusual but not unprecedented, according to research.
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Global landslides toll 'higher'

Global landslides toll 'higher' | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Landslides are responsible for the deaths of up to 10 times as many people worldwide than previously thought, research by a UK university suggests.
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Wildfires continue to rage in Europe

Wildfires continue to rage in Europe | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Thousands of hectares of forest land in Europe have been destroyed by wildfires as firefighters struggle to control blazes in Croatia, Spain, Greece and France.
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