Maps Are Sexy, Food Is Sexy

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Are you a fan of our “Mission Possible” neighborhood atlas?

Mission Possible Map

 

Mission Local contributor Molly Roy is part of the team that brought you this expansive atlas of details concerning our neighborhood. The group, led by UC Berkeley professor Darin Jensen, now has something new and nationwide for you.

It’s “Food: An Atlas,” and it brings cartography and food together in one 60-map book on food production, food distribution, food security and cuisine.

The Atlantic recently interviewed Jensen here.

And like many creative ventures these days, “Food: An Atlas” has just four days to meet its $20,000 KickStarter goal.

3 Comments

  1. Mark

    Why do you put North to the right? Convention has North up. It makes it harder for me to read your maps.

    • Jessica Naudziunas Post author

      Thanks for the idea, Mark. We’ll pass it on to the appropriate people for an answer.

    • Hi Mark, sorry for the late response. Below is what’s written on the map orientation at the beginning of the Mission Possible Atlas. All of the maps in the upcoming food atlas, however, will be oriented North, unless stated otherwise.

      “It is a common, generally strictly
      observed, convention to orient maps to north or nearly north. This has served to
      reinforce northern hemisphere centrism, placing north “up” in a superior or dominant
      position. But north is not up, because Earth does not have a particular upright
      orientation in space. North is over there or in a certain direction. Up may be considered
      out, into the atmosphere or space. Up, on a map, is elevation.
      To see our world with new perspective, it is important to break this convention by
      considering other orientations. The maps in Mission Possible are oriented westward for
      several reasons (none of which is to render east inferior). As products of a project in
      experiential learning, the maps reflect the cartographers‘ view of the Mission District, as
      west of UC Berkeley.
      A westward orientation for the Mission also holds the power of manifest destiny and
      embraces memories of seeking the western shore, which lies just four and a half miles
      beyond our maps’ borders. As well, a west orientation brings south and north into
      equilibrium as left and right, rather than above and below. This may be important to a
      map of a neighborhood that is living the histories of a region in which the dynamic
      relationship between South and North would shape the future.”

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