The Exposed City
Mapping the Urban Invisibles
Routledge – 2010 – 176 pages
There is a vast amount of information about a city which is invisible to the human eye – crime levels, transportation patterns, cell phone use and air quality to name just a few. If a city was able to be defined by these characteristics, what form would it take? How could it be mapped?
Nadia Amoroso tackles these questions by taking statistical urban data and exploring how they could be transformed into innovative new maps. The "unseen" elements of the city are examined in groundbreaking images throughout the book, which are complemented by interviews with Winy Maas and James Corner, comments by Richard Saul Wurman, and sections by the SENSEable City Lab group and Mark Aubin, co-founder of Google Earth.
'[Amoroso] has brought to the forefront a visually exciting way to view information that has spatial, creative and suggestive outcomes. With a background in landscape architecture, urban design and architecture, she crafts maps as some kind of landscape form perceived by the data type. Maps as metaphor, the data as metaphor, map as art, data as art.' – Richard Saul Wurman, Information Architect
'We are on a cusp and Nadia Amoroso is one of the team players on this cusp of the New Map … showing patterns with great clarity and singularity, combining scientific, physical structures, atmospheric conditions and showing these patterns over time, a day, a week, a month, a year or a decade.' – Richard Saul Wurman, Information Architect
'Nadia Amoroso takes the art and science of transforming statistical urban data into innovative maps to the next level in her recent book The Exposed City: Mapping the Urban Invisibles… The author provides guiding principles to suggest a selection process that proves useful to achieving the right balance between aesthetics and empirical evidence in the process of creating a a map.' - Amit Patel, Journal of Planning Education and Research
Foreword Richard Saul Wurman Part 1: Essays 1. Map or Drawing? The Visual Expressions of Hugh Ferriss 2. Graphic Integrity of the Urban Complexity- Lynch, Wurman and Tufte 3. The DATAscapes: the Works of MVRDV 4. The Map-Art: Creative Measures in Landscape Mapping, the Works of James Corner Part 2: Drawings: the Map-Landscape 5.1 The Creative Map 5.2 The Map-Landscapes Afterword Mapping the Invisibles by SENSEable City Lab Carlo Ratti Google Earth: the Global Mapping Search Tool Mark Aubin
Nadia Amoroso specializes in visual representation as it relates to architecture, landscape architecture and the urban environment. She is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Amoroso was also a recent Visiting Fellow at Cornell University and Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas. She has a Ph.D. in Architectural Studies, and degrees in Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. Amoroso is a principal of Orange + Blue Consulting, specializing in urban design, mapping and visual representation (digital and traditional means).