avril 26, 2012


Maps, for easier legibility are simplifications of actual places. Through mapping projections – the practice of transforming the three-dimensional surface of the earth onto a two-dimensional plane – the graphic description of the landscape generally represents a version of a landscape that is greatly distorted from reality. Perimeters and cartographic grids constitute a network of lines on the landscape that determine and define place. Borders really only exist on maps. The geographic boundaries that they demarcate are conceptual and political, not, even when they hug a defined and specific geographic feature, are not defined by any force in nature. They are drawn by humans and only traced on the cartographers map. A line that looks so neat and precise on a map can be much more complicated on the ground. An example of this complexity is the international ‘line’ that runs through the community towns of Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby Line, Vermont. The towns…

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