Getting disOriented

Wow. Today I discovered the Counter-Cartographies Collective, a group at UNC using mapping and visual information to help us see our environment in a new light. One of their major works so far is the "disOrientation Guide" produced last fall. It's two poster-sized pages packed with useful and insightful content. Although it's designed for newcomers, any local veteran will learn something new from the new perspectives on things we thought we knew, and from the hidden information uncovered in these maps.

Over the spring and summer of 2006, 3Cs worked in collaboration with other campus and community groups to produce the first disOrientation map to UNC. Designed for incoming first-year undergraduate and graduate students, as well as new faculty, the map details UNC's local and global ties, decentering the notion of the university as "ivory tower" and positing overlapping and conflicting notions of UNC as "... a functioning body," "... a factory," "... producing your world". The map also contains gobs of useful information about courses offered at UNC, interesting community groups, even coffee shops!
- Counter Cartographies Collective - disOrientation guide 2006

You'll need a magnifying glass to read it if you print on letter-sized paper, so you may find reading on the screen preferable. (Edward Tufte would be proud.)

web version - PDF version (17.4 MB)

web version - PDF version (3 MB)

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You'll need a magnifying glass to read it if you print on letter-sized paper, so you may find reading on the screen preferable.

Or, if you happen to be on campus for some reason, they have an excellent display case on the third floor of Saunders Hall.

We have had copies of it available at Internationalist Books (in the zine rack near the counter), but I'm not sure if there are any left. I'll see if we can restock...

Wonderful!

We actually just got a reprint of the map so we'll send some over to I-Books early next week. It is much nicer to look at/read the printed version...

 

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