Representing Place

floatingsheep.org

Posted in maps by Owen on February 9, 2010

Folks may be interested in the blog floatingsheep.org,  a website where people post user-generated maps. The mapping itself is pretty conventional, but the data’s interesting. For instance, here you can find confirmation of something that you’ve probably always suspected when driving through the U.S. landscape: there’s a strong correlation between churches, strip clubs, gun ownership, and bowling alleys, all of which are negatively correlated with bookstores.

For less conventional place representation, I’d like to add to Mauro’s suggestion of the Urban Hacking site (which he distributed a few days ago) the BldgBlog website, bldgblog.blogspot.com. There’s not any easy way to describe this website, but I guess the simplest is that it’s at the intersection of architecture and futurism, with a light-to-moderate dose of social criticism.

—Phil

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