The Utopian Land of Ukrania – Himani Vinodrai

https://www.wired.com/2013/09/jerry-gretzinger-map-ukrania/
Gretzinger setting up on of his exhibitions. (Click on the image for the source.)

Jerry Gretzinger is an American architect and developer who is now the proud owner of the map of this vivid imaginary city called Utopia. It started off as a hobby and now, after over 30 years of addition, his map spans a gigantic 3200 panels, 8 inches by 10 inches each.

His draws for about 20 minutes everyday and plays between an elaborate set of rules and randomly generated instructions written by him on a deck of cards. He picks a card at random everyday, and whatever the card says is what he’ll implement in his map for the day.

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A deck of 114 cards determines what Jerry works on each day.

Through this, he is trying to show the naïve nature of the natural growth of a city. It does not know what lies ahead for it, but it grows in the direction of a trigger, which are usually social, economic or political changes in real life.

His famous map is executed in an array of mediums such as acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, etc. This changed can be seen evidently over the course of these 30 years he’s spent mapping. He makes a few changes every time he feels like it.

His work is now exhibited in galleries around the world and a few of his pieces are also on sale. The display is put up in a rather unique way as if the viewers are actually entering his land of Ukrania.

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Vue de l’exposition « Le Bord des Mondes », Palais de Tokyo, 2015.
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Jacob Allen, Looking At Cities- Angad 

​The book talks of the personal experience that the author had when strolling along the 24th street of . He speaks of observing any place than merely seeing, further describes the particulars he observes as he walks. He relates what he observes to the socio-economic condition of the region and the people living in them. He estimates the age of the houses, at times with respect to its occupants. The facades and the applied paint coat are mapped down to its source of origination with explicit detail. The author also tries to guess out the interior layout of the houses with what he observes from the surrounding activities and people. He speaks of the window and door that owners changed in some of the houses in order to mark an individual identity of the house and themselves. According to the author all these little observations would help one to understand about a neighborhood and its characteristics. 

On a superficial level he talks about the signs, posters, billboards, etc. that one could also use to understand a place. But in order to really understand a neighborhood or just a street one must look closely at the factors affecting the place and the essence of any emotion that the place radiates upon an individual. The minute details gives one all that the place has to say. The author summing up conveys this to the reader that even though the built forms very similar in typology the place has a lot more to offer and celebrate.

Charles River Basin, Boston – Angad

​Along the Boston side of the Charles River, which separates the city from Cambridge, is roughly three-mile leafy path known as Esplanade. To its west is the Boston University Bridge, along the line there are playgrounds and marshes and places to rent boats and kiosks. The River has 20 dams, bridges and the Museum Of Science connecting the two banks. The river twists and turns along an 80 mile course, always brownish in colour flows through 23 communities, due to its meandering nature.
Massachusetts has 28 distinct water sheds that feed six large river basins. The Connecticut River drains nearly one third of the state- land between the peaks of the Berkshires and the Worcester Plateau, watersheds feed the Merrimack River, and make their way to coast. Watersheds do not conform to political boundaries thus walled along their banks. 

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Flood affected zones Activities along the bank of the river