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Green Map's Archive

Green Map's Archive is taking shape in 2011

Greetings readers!

My name is Joseph Pangilinan, I am an intern here at Green Map System and I'd like to take an opportunity to update you on the happenings in the Green Map offices. My fellow intern Jinhwa Ju and myself have taken on the task of archiving all of the Green Maps created world wide, as well as locally created books, marketing and learning materials. This was the first step toward having all of our Green Maps archived in the New York University Library or another Collection at a library, university or other institution for public access in both their original and digital formats. Supported in part by NYU's Green Grants program, the archive will inform and inspire as it illustrates many aspects of community sustainability in urban and rural areas.

As we got started organizing hundreds of Green Maps and separating them into piles according to their respective regions, it dawned on us that our task was much more daunting than we have anticipated. Along with the regional categorization of these maps, we were also responsible for taking notes on a range of information including the languages in which they are presented, their dimensions and their intended audiences, so this meant we were to go through these maps thoroughly.

Perusing each beautiful map, I can't help but appreciate how much work was put into them. Some of the Taiwanese, Chinese and Japanese Green Maps were presented in a beautiful paint-brushed style that reflects the East Asian aesthetic referencing their artistic histories. Some of the Green Maps were created by children during community events and their enthusiastic approach to map making resulted in some adorable maps, no doubt inspiring some of those who have seen them to be more involved with the Green Map’s cause.

Since the inventory was already partially completed, the process of archiving these maps took about a week to complete. There are a total of 342 Green Maps from six continents, but the process was not one of tedium as much as it was of exploration. Looking through each map provided Jinhwa and myself a vast variety of international perspectives on public planning, ecological policy and sustainability. We’ve even picked out our personal favorites. Mine was a Green Map of Hiroshima that exhibited the state of the city after its World War II atomic bombing and the progress it has made since then.

Jinhwa favorites:

"When I thought about Washington DC, I felt it was a huge city and not related to green living. However, Green DC Map changed my stereotype about big, developed cities. In this map, there is lots of eco-cultural information about parks, museums and outdoor activity spots. It also includes the Metro map, so travelers using this map can easily take public transportation as well. This map points out that Washington DC is a great place to visit for those pursuing sustainability and eco-tourism."

"I also chose Cape Town Green Map. As 2010 FIFA World Cup was held in the Republic of South Africa, Cape Town was a very popular place to travel at that time. This Green Map is absolutely the greatest tool for enjoying the beautiful ecology in Africa. These informative maps are important to the success of global events like World Cup."

This process of archiving and putting Green Map’s catalog into digital form for all to see will hopefully provide others a similar explorative experience that it for me.

Until next time,

Joseph Pangilinan

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