Friday, September 19, 2008

Green Map

A screen grab of the Baltimore Green Map on Google. Click on the image for a larger view.

I'm in Chicago on business for a few days and in my spare time I'm exploring the city as much as possible. My hotel offers a little red booklet of information with various maps. This book is obviously geared for tourists and each map provides a different overlay: one is for shopping, one is for food, another is for cultural attractions. I've always been interested in the way we navigate our physical space; you can tell a lot about a culture and a time based on how they map their territories.

In the mid-nineties, a new mapping system began to emerge: The Green Map. Developed as a way to navigate a space based on environmental and sustainable parameters, the system has established a set of universal icons to overlay on a map. Here are a few examples:

This weekend, Green Map for Baltimore releases the Jones Falls Trail Green Map, their first printed product (virtual maps can be found online at their Web site). The pocket-sized fold out includes 170 nature, culture, and sustainable living resources within the city section of the Jones Falls watershed as well as a detailed section featuring Druid Hill Park. You can pick one up on Sunday during the Rally for the River event hosted by the Jones Falls Watershed Association.