First, some contour lines that let you turn the world into a Joy Division album cover.
This website allows you to pick any region of the world and print its high points in artistic, joyful manner.
And these lines show that all roads don’t always lead to Rome.
This website renders every single road within a city.
Here’s Leeds, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. My Leeds.
This is Leeds, Jefferson County, Alabama, United States of America. Not my Leeds.
Lines of a different kind now. Centre the map on any location for a few lines of poetry.
Some are quite poignant, like this poem centred on a nearby children’s hospital.
Others would make interesting advertising campaigns.
It’s a fascinating way of humanising geography. And quite addictive, too.
OpenStreetMap Haiku: Using OSM and Overpass for generative poetry – Satellite Studio
Here’s what’s happening: we automated making haikus about places. Looking at every aspect of the surroundings of a point, we can generate a poem about any place in the world. The result is sometimes fun, often weird, most of the time pretty terrible. Also probably horrifying for haiku purists (sorry). Go ahead and give it a try.