“… And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!”

“Have you used it much?” I enquired.

“It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr: “the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well…”

— Lewis Carroll. The complete Sylvie and Bruno. 1893. San Francisco: Mercury House, c1991. pg. 265 (source)

Syllabus (PDF) |  Reflection at my blog, Eight and Half by Eleven | Offered Fall and Spring, 2011-2013


Atlas of Radical Cartography

Katherine Harmon, You are Here + The Map as Art

Denis Wood, Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas

Historypin /

New Urban Arts, Creative Cartography: An Atlas of Arts Workshops / PDF

New York Public Library Map Warper /

West Wing – Why Are We Changing Maps? /


The Paper Mache Globe Project
Inspired by John Fladd, we created paper mache globes and drew them to scale according to latitude/longitude lines in 10 degree increments.

The Scale Project
We have a huge map of California at a scale of 1in=12mi. Some took on the challenge of redrawing California at a scale of 1in=24mi using string, protractors + rulers; others drew Wyoming at the same scale by searching for the dimensions and doing the math.

The Maps as Art Project / PDF

Four Color Theorem Map Challenge / PDF

The Participatory Mapping Project / PDF

You Are Here: The Final Cartography Project / PDF – Zineb’s map

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