3D map of Ahmedabad – A Concept

If we think about maps, the visuals that come to our mind most of the time are navigational maps Eg. School Atlas map or Google maps. Primarily maps are used for navigation. But there are certain maps which are used for completely different purpose and they CERTAINLY look different than the maps that we know.

One of the most important aspect if maps are boundaries. Boundaries are of 2 types:

  1. Physical Boundaries: Natural constructs like mountains, river, sea etc.
  2. Manifested Boundaries: Man-made lines between 2 countries or states.

Boundaries are real – that is we can sense them. Eg. The strip of no-man’s-land between 2 neighboring countries.

Territories don’t have physical existence. They reside in the mind. It’s the mental occupancy of the boundary. Eg. The British empire at its peak of power stated that “The sun never sets in the British Empire“. It was the sense of occupancy they had over the world.

We were shown one the best maps that has been made by man during our course on maps. I am uploading a few of them. These maps have been taken from the book “You are here”

Ocean Chart

Ocean Chart

The Road to Success

The Road to Success

Geographical Guide to a Man's Heart

Geographical Guide to a Man's Heart

Upside-Down Map

Upside-Down Map

Poster AD for a Restaurant

Poster AD for a Restaurant

The Dog's Idea of an Ideal Country Estate

The Dog's Idea of an Ideal Country Estate

one of the oldest maps made

one of the oldest maps made

Manhattan

Manhattan

3D maps used by eskimos

3D maps used by Eskimos

I was amazed by the 3D map shown above. This map was used by the Eskimos in the north pole to sense the time required (in number of days) to move from one place to another.

So I thought I ll try making the 3D map of Ahmedabad as a part of our ethnography course. This is what I made.

3D map of Ahmedabad with Sabarmati as the nerve

3D map of Ahmedabad with Sabarmati as the nerve

Ahmedabad Map - 2D

Ahmedabad Map - 2D

The central shaft is the Sabarmati River, which according to me is the central nerve that connects Ahmedabad. It’s a main reference line, just like the local train line of Mumbai.
The circles around the river are the 7 main bridges which lie within Ahmedabad.
The thin circular strip that surrounds the river is the current BRTS route.
The 2 blue semispherical structures are the 2 lakes: Chandola Lake and Kankaria Lake

The Bridges and Sabarmati

The Bridges and Sabarmati

Darwazas and the Old City

Darwazas and the Old City

Chandola lake and Kankaria Lake

Chandola lake and Kankaria Lake

BRTS of Ahmedabad

BRTS of Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad_BRTS_Network_Map

Ahmedabad_BRTS_Network_Map

top view

top view

3D map of Ahmedabad

3D map of Ahmedabad

Fawaz

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About syedfawaz2002

I am Syed Fawaz Ahmed. I am currently pursuing post graduation in New Media Design at National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Engineer by profession, Artist at heart. I have done my Engineering in Information Science in M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology You can reach me at syedfawaz2002@gmail.com
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One Response to 3D map of Ahmedabad – A Concept

  1. girish says:

    nice work man…

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