Like black taxis and red buses, Harry Becks map of the underground is a London icon. However while it assists millions of people browse the tube every year (in normal times), it is mainly worthless for those taking a trip above ground.
Get In Helen Ilus, a graphic designer who has actually dragged the map above ground and redesigned it to help walkers and cyclists travel throughout London amid greenery.
Influenced by Harry Becks iconic tube map, graphic designer Helen Ilus has actually created a new variation that joins the dots in between Londons parks and nature areas
Rather of tube stations, the Greenground Map connect the citys urban sanctuaries: from forests and cemeteries to parks and waterways. Although precise paths arent provided, the map does provide distances– an attempt by Ilus to motivate more individuals to tackle the city on foot.
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” London has a terrific long-distance walking and treking network, but we likewise need wider scope for typical everyday walking– and to see London as linked by green areas and waterways, and with links to countryside. Greenground Map intends to alter this perception of how we see cities, when strolling and cycling longer ranges become routine methods to navigate.”
” I wish to connect to people who view cities through transportation maps and get them out more by utilizing similar visuals,” explained Ilus. “I believe seeing parks and green spaces represented like this brings individuals closer to nature.
London has more than 3,000 parks and green spaces and although Iluss map covers just 380 of them, she has strategies to broaden it. “This is a continuous job,” she stated. “I hope it gives a great starting point for discovering brand-new city green spaces.”
” When I began making the map, I primarily believed of individuals like myself, who wish to make their commutes greener or go out to nature at the weekends,” stated Ilus. With the pandemic generating more interest in active travel and green areas, Ilus thinks her map has become appropriate to more people. “The last year has revealed us that green spaces are essential,” she said.
The map was inspired by the campaign to have London declared a national park city. Image: Greenground Map
The successful project to have London declared the worlds very first nationwide park city inspired Ilus to develop her map and share it on Twitter, where it was warmly received by lots of Londoners. Ilus consequently had the map printed and had offered more than 500 copies when Positive News went to push.
Main image: Greenground Map
” When I began making the map, I primarily thought of people like myself, who desire to make their commutes greener or go out to nature at the weekends,” said Ilus. With the pandemic producing more interest in active travel and green areas, Ilus believes her map has actually ended up being appropriate to more individuals. London has more than 3,000 parks and green spaces and although Iluss map covers just 380 of them, she has plans to broaden it. “I hope it gives a good starting point for finding brand-new urban green areas.”