I think most architects have a healthy fascination with maps. Buildings are part of the urban fabric and your design never exists in a vacuum, it’s part of its surroundings. So maps are important context. I have always liked looking at them anyway though and love figuring out the best route to take to get somewhere. And for whatever reason, I totally love the colors. Pastels aren’t usually my favorite, but in maps, there’s something magical about them. The school I got my masters at is also home to a huge map collection and they used to give away old out of date maps and charts in the library. That was my first experience using maps for other than their intended purpose. We’d put them in models, use them as texture and color, or even use them to symbolize grass or landscaping. So I have a soft spot for these kinds of projects and I thought that today, it might be fun to bring you some cool creative map crafts! And hey, since we all have maps on our phones now, feel free to recycle that old gas station map from 1985 that’s hanging out in your glove box (we all have one…) and turn it into something fabulous!
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