Making Mapping More Human

St. Louis Map Room is a pop-up community space for map-making and dialogue around civic data.

Render of the Map Room space in Stevens Middle School. Actual Map Room may vary.
Map-making is a combination of digital and analogue processes. First our map making robots draw precise reference points such as roads and buildings, then map-makers use art supplies to draw their own experiences on the maps. (Photo from an early test run of our map making process)
St. Louis transit time visualization, 1929
St. Louis Building Age Map, 2014, Chris Spurlock
Population Change Map, 2016, East-West Gateway

Jer Thorp is an artist, writer & teacher. He is Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. His book Living in Data will be published in 2020 by MCDxFSG.