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The Making of Mapping

January 25, 2018
6:00 pm
SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

As part of Public Knowledge, this free monthly series casts SFMOMA as a venue for discussing public issues. Mapping makes the city legible. But who makes maps? And for whom? Join Shannon Mattern and David Rumsey for a conversation moderated by John Christensen on the deep history, current contestation, and fraught future of mapping the city. Shannon Mattern is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School. She is the author of three books: The New Downtown Library; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: 5000 Years of Urban Media, which was published in November. She also contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures for Places, an open-access journal focusing on architecture, urbanism, and landscape. You can find her at David Rumsey is the founder of the David Rumsey Map Collection, President of Cartography Associates, a digital publishing company based in San Francisco, and Chairman of Luna Imaging, a provider of software for online image collections. Rumsey's collection of historical maps numbers over 150,000 cartographic items and is one of the largest private map collections in the United States. His free online website has over 80,000 high resolution images of maps from his collection. In 2009 Rumsey committed to donating his physical and digital map collections to Stanford University; Stanford opened the David Rumsey Map Center in the main library in 2016. Free to the public For more information, visit

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