15.3.11

A City's DNA

I like to compare the urban fabric of cities to DNA. 
Comparative figure-ground maps make it possible to estimate a city's scale, walkablity, density and civic structure. 
In Tout bien rang√©, French artist Armelle Caron produces a cartography-based artwork that dissects cities figure-ground maps to the block, like a kit of parts.
For her project, Caron has selected a few world cities: Paris, Berlin, New York, Istanbul, and a few major French cities. Urban grids - and manipulations thereof - are frequent reoccurrence in Caron's work.

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