Urban Shape is a set of graphic maps designed by architect Paolo Gianfrancesco. The maps are based on Open Street Map data.
The Open Street Map (OSM) is a collaborative project set up to create a free map of the world that can be edited by the user.
Urban Shape has been on display in Felleshus of the Nordic embassies in Berlin in 2014. In 2015 has been part of Design Meile - Private Space event - in Berlin.
- GRAPEVINE BEST PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD - 2015
- RUNNER UP - DV PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD - 2015
The series covers all the European capitals. The aim is to visualize in a vibrant and modern approach a classic urban map focusing on the urban shape through communication flows. Each capital has its own rhythm and balance, a hidden equilibrium between void and buildings. The research goes through a data reduction to better emphasize the core of the urban environment. Many capitals are shaped by natural phenomena such as a river or a mountain, or a coastline; some by a military division. The maps show the actual status of the open source mapping. As with old traditional maps, these describe a view of reality and not reality in itself. The cities are in continuous evolution; the urban reality is fluid and reshaped daily by man´s actions. As in past centuries, these maps are not telling the truth, but offering a point of view.
The choice of color is based on the Pantone color palette fading from the highest to the lowest population.