The Urbanist

Mapping the city

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12 May 2016

Episode 239

30 minutes


Photo: Graphia Street Central

Compass and ruler in hand, we examine the history and politics behind the mapping of our cities. We look at new approaches in Toronto and find out more about the Graphia project, where Scandinavian aesthetics meet Hong Kong.

12 May 2016

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Chapter 1

11 minutes


Photo: Bryars & Bryars

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Chapter 1

History and politics

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We examine the history and politics behind the mapping of our cities, flick through a few old maps with antiques dealer Tim Bryars and ask what these maps can teach us about our urban landscapes.

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Chapter 2

6 minutes


Photo: Greg Knapp

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Chapter 2

‘Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto’

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In a city that is transforming swiftly, maps can play a particularly important role – outlining the boundaries of new neighbourhoods and marking out parts of the city that may be fading away. We look at a new set of maps of Toronto, formed by those who traverse the city on foot.

6 minutes

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Chapter 3

4 minutes


Photo: Graphia Street Central

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Chapter 3

Scandinavian aesthetics meet Hong Kong

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In ​Hong Kong​ ​making a map for the city’s communities and its intricacies can be a daunting task​.​ But what about taking a more creative approach? Add a splash of Scandinavian aesthetics and the result is an interesting display of Hong Kong’s communities​. ​

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