Mapping the World Community by Community: The Green Map System
The Green Map System (GMS) brings a locally adaptable framework into many hands. GMS invites voluntary design teams of all ages and backgrounds to create a Green Map by charting urban areas in a manner that illuminates the interconnections between the natural and cultural environments.
Each Green Map is created locally and all utilize our
globally designed icons to identify, promote and link their community's green
sites and the places that make the environment special -- including sustainable
economic developments, transportation options, renewable resources and natural
sites, historical and design projects and even the toxic hot spots.
Begun in 1991
These projects yield wonderful results as youth and adults
investigate and interpret their community's character and quality, then express
their views through the ancient and powerful medium of maps. Many of the maps
are produced as interactive digital web maps and can be experienced directly
via links from our website, greenmap.org.
The project's goals for the near future include opening on on-line store so travelers and other interested parties can conveniently obtain their choice of published Green Maps, our Icon Poster and Youth Mapping Resource Disk, etc. We're also planning an online magazine that will explore the Green Maps, the sites on them, and the process of creating them in a colorful illustrated format.
From their NYC hub, they are continually building up the GMS framework used for creative, regionally expressive mapmaking, promoting participation, offering guidance and then documenting both maps and the design methodologies behind them. We also pilot new approaches locally through Green Apple Maps of NYC, promote the global and local outcomes and ensure that the best mapmaking practices are made available on-line and off to our expanding global network.
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