Session9 : Mannahatta

In response to Mannahatta, I am personally impressed by the project’s intention that attempted to illustrate underlying ecological layer of the past fruitful Manhattan and raises questions to public to pay attention to original ecological conditions before the massive urbanization. By gathering information from historical documents, interpretation of The British Headquarters Map and recorded experiences of explorers, in combination of modern map making technologies were able to create a provocative map and provide better ecological understanding. This is a great example to showcase the ability of mapping, how maps triggered and revealed new social movement and public interest.

In the similar way, we are trying to illustrate the evolution of water infrastructure : The Tunnel No.3. which is defined as invisible, both in physical aspect and public investigation, to more publicly visible. In our next step, it is very challenging for us to combine different types of information from different sources through the lens of labor, public opinion and environmental impact to create critical maps. And hopefully, it will provide the new useful perspectives to public as Mannahatta project did.

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