Abstracted maps reveal cities’ personalities

Abstracted maps reveal cities’ personalities

Of course, maps are practical tools, but they are also a view into a city’s narrative. They are insight into the public story of urban planning and a window into the personal adventures that one might have within the city’s boundaries.

Toronto-based artist, Jazzberry Blue, has abstracted city maps into shapes and patterns. From these brightly colored images, the urban personality of each city is revealed. In some maps we notice a defining landmark such as a river or lake. In other maps we see city blocks on a rigid grid, while others host streets that radiate out from a central point.

Is the personality of your city defined by its street structure?

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