Gigamapping

Gigamapping is part of the systems oriented design framework

What is gigamapping?

Gigamapping is super extensive mapping across multiple layers and scales with the goal of investigating relations between seemingly separate categories, hence providing boundary critiques on the conception and framing of systems.

General Maps

These maps demonstrate a balanced use of information types with depicting relations.

Map based on systems dynamics modelling

This map sorts and relates information and problematiques according to a system dynamics approach.

Gigamap Exemplars

Myriadic quality and a degree of messiness are typical for the gigamapping process.

Designerly construction of a rich picture of a real-life situation | Mixing information types and kinds | Mixing information sources | Myriadic quality, which includes large amounts of information | Crossing scales, from a large to small scale | Combining and relating categorically different entities | Covering wide fields | Digging into details | Combining, interpolating and criticising systems models | Boundary construction, critique and adjustment

Gigamap News

Small GIGAmapping discussion

Small GIGAmapping discussion

by Birger Sevaldson Here is an email exchange between George Shewchuk a student at OCADU Toronto and me. George emailed me the below map.  These students at OCADU are often very experienced professionals. His background is in communication design & advertising art...

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GIGA-maps Samples

GIGA-maps Samples

By Birger Sevaldson Here are some samples of gigamaps. Clicking the pictures below will open up very large size maps. Remember to click the maps to zoom in. To zoom in and out, use ctrl & + or ctrl & - or ctrl + mouse wheel. A collection of exemplars This is a...

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Gigamaps are designed artifacts

Gigamaps are designed artifacts

Friday 2nd December: What does it mean to approach the complexity of the world as a designer? How do we work with rich information in a designerly way? The GIGA-map is a designed artifact. It is obviously not meant to be an accurate record of complex systems “out...

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GIGA-mapping workshop in Tallin

30th October 2011: The 17th to 21st Oct we did run a GIGA-mapping workshop at the Technical University of Tallin, Estland at the design department. Twenty masters students, many international and with prior work experience, working with design for physical activity...

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Gigamapping workshop in Kolding

 30th September 2011: In September we conducted a GIGA-mapping workshop at the Kolding School of Design in Denmark. Within four days the students defined area of interrest. mapped out the "landscape" of this area and developed extensive mappings that were redesigned...

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SOD & gigamapping

Video interview of Birger Sevaldson by Jotte Koenig from TU Delft. The interview was done in the context of the RSD10 exhibition at TU Delft 2021.