Three contributors of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, a collection of 22 maps with essays to match, popped up on NolaVie this week offering a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at the process. Visual artist Catherine Burke writes about mapping the history of the banana trade in New Orleans, "America's "Gate of the Tropics." Shizue Seigel, principal cartographer for the book, discovered the city through mapmaking: "A week is barely a handshake with this richly complex city," and researcher Audrey Cropp tackled the seemingly impossible assignment of mapping live oaks along the Mardi Gras parade routes.
· Atlases need art: Visuals for Unfathomable City's '¡Bananas!' [NolaVie]
· Mapping a map: The evolution of Unfathomable City [NolaVie]
· Mapping live oaks? Unfathomable [NolaVie]