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:
- Physical Boundaries: Natural constructs like mountains, river, sea etc.
- 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”
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.
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