why big maps matter

The NYT has an article today about the strategic discussions being held on, and above, an enormous map of the world.  I’m sure that most people don’t catch the projection pun in the headline!

Next spring, the University of Redlands will again host one of the visiting National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps, together with several schools in the Redlands Unified School District. Last year we had South America, this year will be Asia. Children and adults alike are awed by the experience.

There is truly something awesome, and raw in its kinesthetic nature, to be in contact with maps of these dimensions. It’s the closest we come to a larger-than-life map, since the 1-1 scale would be ever so inconvenient.

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