Together with our students of the International Master of Cartography, we went on a hike to Hermannskogel last week. In perfect weather conditions, we reached the highest natural point of Vienna – at 542 metres above sea level. Atop the Hermannskogel, we visited the Habsburgwarte, which marked the kilometre zero in cartographic measurements in Austria-Hungary until 1918.
Maps enable us to relate to spatial phenomena and events from viewpoints far beyond direct experience. By employing signs and symbols, maps communicate about near as well as distant geospatial phenomena, events, objects, or ideas. Besides acting as identifiers, map signs and symbols may, however, not only denote but also connote. While most cartographic research has focused on the denoting character of visual variables, research from related disciplines stresses the importance of connotative qualities on affect, cognition, and behavior. Hence, this research focused on the connotative character of map symbols by empirically assessing the affective qualities of shape stimuli.
Nowadays, the majority of people live in cities, consisting of ever taller building structures, occluding more and more sunlight. Thus, humans are getting increasingly restricted from direct access to the Sun. This thesis claims that a tool, enabling humans to gain a better understanding of solar shadows in cities and around the world, would be beneficial. […] Such a tool should be able to consider relevant three-dimensional occluding structures such as buildings, terrain, and vegetation, as well as the actual Sun position, and visualize respective shadows for arbitrary points in time, providing predictability of solar shadows. […] Therefore, a methodology towards a capable prototype implementation is framed […].
The Austrian portal FUTUREZONE.at, has just released an article about how Google Maps has revolutionized our lives during the last 15 years. Georg Gartner was interviewed among other colleagues in the domain.
Wie Google Maps unser Leben revolutionierte. Schon 15 Jahre gibt es Google Maps. Unsere Sicht auf die Welt hat sich dadurch für immer verändert. Nicht nur zum Positiven.
„Googles Einstieg war eine Revolution, die eine neue Ära der Kartografie eingeläutet hat”… „Ging es bis dahin um das Produzieren einzelner Artefakte – also statischer, physischer Karten, die für die Ewigkeit gedacht waren – wurde die Karte jetzt plötzlich zur interaktiven Schnittstelle, die auch Dienstleistungen abbildet und nach eigenen Bedürfnissen personalisiert werden kann.”