The Atlases

Guerrilla Cartography crowdsources maps on a theme and compiles them into atlases. 

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Atlas in a Day: Migration is the result of a challenge by Guerrilla Cartography to research and design an atlas in 24 hours.

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, more than 50 guerrilla cartographers gathered, in person and online, to collaborate in producing an atlas in a single day on the subject of migration. Researching and designing an atlas on a complex theme in the span of 24 hours is indeed a challenge. This volume of maps is a concrete demonstration of the power of crowdsourcing and collaboration.

The subject of the atlas—migration, broadly defined—was only announced to the Guerrilla Cartography Collaborative via live stream at 9 pm PDT, Friday night. The following day, some 35 collaborators met at Oakstop in downtown Oakland, California, and began sharing ideas and working on their maps. Another 28 challenge participants worked on their maps remotely, representing 19 other locations in four countries. Creating on computers, paper, and boards; using crayons, watercolors, embroidery thread, and other media, the challenge collaborators submitted 43 maps on the theme of migration by the 7:30 pm deadline. A single electronic file was compiled and one rough print on a scrappy printer was attempted by 9 pm, fulfilling the challenge.

We took a little time after to reflect on the maps that were created and then arranged them into a sort of narrative, both graphic and philosophical — choosing just one of the myriad it could be. The final document was published within a week of the challenge.

The maps in this atlas interpret the theme of migration in diverse ways, considering the movements of people, animals, climates, physical materials and cultural artifacts over time and space. Some of them represent the culmination of years of research on a critical topic; others are quick sketches inspired by current events and concerns. Collectively, they add substance and content to one of the most critical issues our planet faces today.

Download Atlas in a Day: Migration as a PDF licensed under Creative Commons. Use and reuse the maps to inspire others with cartography. The atlas was published in October, 2019.


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Water: An Atlas is the second collaborative atlas project by Guerrilla Cartography. This atlas continues the collaborative spirit and narrative range originally brought to life in our first atlas, Food: An Atlas. Water, like food, is required to sustain human life—and so it is a natural choice for our second published project. In its pages you an explore how humans interface with water: controlling, politicizing, commodifying, and polluting it; how water is a harbinger of climate change and how water inspires our imagination and exploration.

Water: An Atlas is printed and bound in full color, and all proceeds benefit Guerrilla Cartography, a registered nonprofit corporation. Buy your copy today in softcover or hardcover by clicking here for domestic sales. For international sales, please contact us.

Download Water: An Atlas as a 101.9 MB PDF licensed under Creative Commons. Use and reuse the maps to inspire others with cartography. The atlas was published in December, 2017.

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Food: An Atlas is a crowdsourced project of guerrilla cartography and publishing. The atlas endeavors to map food in its myriad contexts and conditions at many scales of research and geography. Scores of cartographers and food researchers just traditional cartography, poster art, infographics, and journalistic text-blocking to render the map as a narrative device in the spirit of knowledge-caching and -sharing.

Food: An Atlas is in its second printing and web sales have resumed! After selling out of the initial 1,600 unit print run and in response to requests, we have arranged for another printing.

Food: An Atlas is printed and bound in full color, and all proceeds benefit Guerrilla Cartography, a registered nonprofit corporation. Buy your copy today by clicking here for domestic sales. For international sales, please contact us.

Download Food: An Atlas as an 84.5 MB PDF licensed under Creative Commons. Use and reuse the maps to inspire others with cartography. The atlas was published in January, 2013.