Map of road network- Zalak Patel

This map shows road networking for inventory of Ahmadabad city. The roads which takes care of primary traffic movement in and out of the city. Four rings (S.P ring road, 132’ ring road, University road ring, walled city and CG road ring.

There are two orbital roads running North- South on the west and east side of the city namely S.G highway. Fourteen urban radials which consist of the Regional radials as it enters the urban developed boundary and connects to the city core.

Five other Radial roads within the city which do not continue as Regional radials but has a strong radial alignment within the developed.



Tweeting through the way- Dhriti Kimothi

Eric Fischer is a data mapping expert and software developer who has been working on data visualization projects over the years. He is the creator of the Geotaggers’ World Atlas.

This map by Eric Fischer plots routes which are heavily used in San Francisco near bay area.  Fischer collected this data with the help of geotagged tweets. In the map, volume of tweets is directly proportional to the density of traffic which is indicated by thickness of lines at that particular position. With help of this map it is easy to jot down tracks which cater a large traffic and accordingly ameliorate existing or create new routes to the traffic conditions of that area.


Image courtsey- Eric Fischer


London County Council Bomb Damage Maps – Zahra Lokhandwala

London and its environs experienced destruction on a huge and deadly scale, with air raids and rocket attacks. The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps—meticulously hand-colored to document the extent of the damage being wrought on the city and surrounding areas-represent much of the devastation caused by enemy bombing in the second world war between 1939 and 1945.

The architect’s department of London County Council documented it. The extent of the damage to each and every one of these buildings was logged and mapped in real-time by surveyors, architects, engineers and also the construction workers. The map also includes extracts from a variety of archive sources, which give a fuller appreciation of the raids and help put individual incidents in context.

The map interested me as it was done to help gauge the levels of destruction. It was done out of a need and not just for information.


Heavy roads- Rutvij Savaliya

Eric Fischer is an artist, who develops some really good techniques to understand maps.

Different maps are created to study the photographic movement and traffic activity in a city, which reveal how heavily roads are used. Here in this map the photographer Eric Fischer has combined ideas, heavy roads and the photographs taken by geotags of photos uploaded. What has emerged is a map of human interest. Places that are more fascinating have the maximum clicks and others have the lesser clicks.

Fischer used colour coding on the maps. Apparently, Fischer was able to guess the picture taker’s mode of transportation—presumably using the time stamps and distance travelled between a user’s pictures. He then created a colour code: Black is walking (less than 7mph), Red is bicycling or equivalent speed (less than 19mph), Blue is motor vehicles on normal roads (less than 43mph); Green is freeways or rapid transit.


The Subjective Map of New York City -Smit Anand

The Subjective Map of New York City is a personal map of the city done by a Dutch graphic designer, Vincent meertens, and his partner showing all of the movements of their during one year.

The map shows where they lived, worked, and explored the city in the weekends. Each dot or route holds a memory and has a meaning to them. They tracked their location with OpenPaths, red representing its girlfriend and the blue dots is Vincent. The yellow dots are locations where they took a photograph. The lines between the dots mark the route, with the long lines over water standing in for subway routes. When combined, a subjective map emerges, a visual diary of their lives during one year.

They have collected 10,760 datapoints between March 2012 and January 2013. It might
also tell about urban planning and development.



Sam Miller in his book ‘Adventures in a megacity’ is a foreigner on foot. He describes Delhi as the city that has suffered many calamities and has repeatedly risen from its own ruins. He described all the incidents vividly where he had been encountered with Delhi before moving to the city. Delhi is a blend of ancient and modern architecture as it has been demolished and rebuilt and all it various incarnation can be seen through a thickening crust of modernity. He describes Delhi as a world city. It has everything that is old and everything that is modern. The majestic, scattered, ruin equals him as that of Rome or Athens. He describes Delhi having a sense of continuous decay and regeneration.

The author was a foreign migrant who was above the poverty line and he describes the problems that he faced due to his preferred mode of transportation i.e. walking, as people considered him to be an object of disbelief and ridicule.  He sets out to discover the real Delhi that is described as India’s dream town. He walks the city street, making his way throughout the city and its suburbs. He makes an appearance to all the prominent places like the ancient monuments, and the imperial buildings but it is through his encounters with the people that he creates this richly portrait of what Delhi means to its residents, and of what the city is becoming.

Mapping- Job seekers- Manaswi


‘Indeed Hiring Lab, where people search for jobs:Cross-Border Labor Mobility’, examines what motivates people to look for jobs in another place, combining job search data with economic analysis to answer some of today’s most challenging questions about the movement of the global workforce.

The map shows  searches among 53 countries and economies where indeed has a site , covering 94% of global GDP. A line is drawn between two countries when more than 2% of job seekers in one country have searched for jobs in the other country. The dot indicates the country where the search originated.