A few lines about where I live

First, some contour lines that let you turn the world into a Joy Division album cover.

Peak map
This website allows you to pick any region of the world and print its high points in artistic, joyful manner.

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And these lines show that all roads don’t always lead to Rome.

City roads
This website renders every single road within a city.

Here’s Leeds, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. My Leeds.

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This is Leeds, Jefferson County, Alabama, United States of America. Not my Leeds.

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Lines of a different kind now. Centre the map on any location for a few lines of poetry.

OpenStreetMap Haiku

Some are quite poignant, like this poem centred on a nearby children’s hospital.

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Others would make interesting advertising campaigns.

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It’s a fascinating way of humanising geography. And quite addictive, too.

OpenStreetMap Haiku: Using OSM and Overpass for generative poetrySatellite 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.

Author: Terry Madeley

Works with student data and enjoys reading about art and design, data, education and technology.

6 thoughts on “A few lines about where I live”

  1. I love this Terry…that one of the Peak map certainly does look like the classic Joy Division cover. That is a classic album too 🙂 I saw Peter Hook and the Light when he came over to NZ recently…they were really good live and played all of the songs from Unknown Pleasures 🙂

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