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    Here & There: A Horizontal Projection of Manhattan



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    BERG, a design company based in London, made these horizonless maps of Manhattan. There are two maps, one looking uptown from 3rd and 7th, and the other downtown from 3rd and 35th.

    Says the designers:

    Imagine a person standing at a street corner. The projection begins with a three-dimensional representation of the immediate environment. Close buildings are represented normally, and the viewer himself is shown in the third person, exactly where she stands.

    As the model bends from sideways to top-down in a smooth join, more distant parts of the city are revealed in plan view. The projection connects the viewer’s local environment to remote destinations normally out of sight.

    Want! Pretty amazing design. Very curious how they made it.

    Link to the site. Unfortunately, it looks like they’re not currently taking orders.

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