Cartographic Grounds is visual compendium exploring the intersection of cartography and design through the provocative juxtaposition of maps and plans. The book offers a critique of data-driven mapping practices in the design disciplines. It argues for a return to cartographic representation, focusing on the depiction of the ground plane in landscape architecture and cartography. The book is framed by a series of critical essays and structured around ten representational techniques: soundings and spot elevations, isobaths and contours, hachures, shaded relief, land classification, figure-ground, stratigraphic column, cross section, line symbol, and conventional sign.
Jill Desimini is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Charles Waldheim is the principal of Urban Agency in Cambridge, MA, and the John E. Irving professor and chair of landscape architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the author of PAPress's Landscape Urbanism Reader.