Why Some Places Don't Have Names On Maps: Rediscovering The World We Inhabit

What happens if maps are set free from the notion that there is only one correct "map of the world?" What happens to the way we see human possibilities?


The Mediterranean Sea region, looking east to west, instead of the usual north to south,

and without national boundaries. What a different and intriguing way to see this region!

Why Some Places Don’t Have Names - What do we call the place where the river current begins to quicken? Or where the migratory birds land in Spring?
Sabine Réthoré - This amazing "artist cartographer" has created maps and globes that will rock your perspective! Her Mediterranean Without Borders is perhaps her most famous work, but check out her other maps and globes, all of which disrupt our conditioning about how a map should look!
A Wonder of the Multicultural Medieval World: The Tabula Rogeriana - A wonder of collaborative, multicultural map-making, this map, made in 1154, remained the most accurate map of the world for over three-hundred years. The Nuzhat al-mushtāq fi’khtirāq al-āfāq (also known by its Latin name, Tabula Rogeriana) put south at the top of the map -- "upside down" in terms of our usual expectations. It also reveals the high degree of collaboration among people of different faiths, colors, and cultures present in the twelfth century. Look at the amazing detail of the map!
One Block Radius - This interesting blog provides an in-depth focus on a single city block with the guidebook manner normally devoted to an entire city. The guide includes personal perspectives from diverse sources familiar with the block such as city workers, children, street performers and historians.
One Planet, Many Names - Observing it from space, one might just call it as Carl Sagan did -- the Pale Blue Dot. But for us humans here on Earth, it is the sacred ground, the holy mother, the land of life.
The Decolonial Atlas - A volunteer-run, growing collection of maps that helps us to discover new maps of the world we live in. Check out the category list on the right side of the page and set off on a journey into deeper understanding of our planet and humanity.