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Cartographic Grounds is visual compendium exploring the intersection of cartography and design through the provocative juxtaposition of maps and plans. The book offers a critique of data-driven mapping practices in the design disciplines. It argues for a return to cartographic representation, focusing on the depiction of the ground plane in landscape architecture and cartography. The book is framed by a series of critical essays and structured around ten representational techniques: soundings and spot elevations, isobaths and contours, hachures, shaded relief, land classification, figure-ground, stratigraphic column, cross section, line symbol, and conventional sign.
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Charles Waldheim is the principal of Urban Agency in Cambridge, MA, and the John E. Irving professor and chair of landscape architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the author of PAPress's Landscape Urbanism Reader. Jill Desimini is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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"A compendium of centuries-old hand-drawn and page-long satellite maps, Cartographic Grounds plots the transformation of the ancient art form of mapmaking into a type of modern graphic design." - Metropolis "The elegantly designed "Cartographic Grounds" looks in depth at 10 map-making strategies from a scholarly perspective and tracks their evolution through the centuries." - Chicago Tribune, Printers Row ..".a wonderful compendium of maps that explore the potential of cartographic practices and tools across a variety of disciplines." - Spacing "Succinct, well-written notes on mapping basics, and the gorgeous examples employed, make this a must for academic geography, cartography, and design collections." - Library Journal ..".one of the most visually stunning books I have had the pleasure of reading this year." - Land8 ..".a technically advanced book that lay users will find breathtakingly beautiful and mind-expanding, as it sweeps from historical examples to data visualization." - Harvard Magazine

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