Timestamp

Timestamp



Timestamp is a mapping project that records the participants’ thoughts into a timeline map. While a person is present at a specific location in the public space, they can voice their thoughts and stamp the very moment. The map that documents the time is formed by individual thoughts and actions contributed by a variety of people. The idea is for a digital platform to help us define a new way of mapping our surroundings. It is not by the victors of the war, a trained cartographer and their given data set, or lifeless satellites.

People can contribute when they are on-site. Using their mobile device, the option to contribute will show up.

Inspirations

Else/where Mapping

Susan Collins: Seascape

The Jefferson Grid @Instragram

Cartography

kärˈtäɡrəfē/ noun
the science or practice of drawing maps



Humanity has been mapping out their surroundings since ancient times. From wall paintings to ink on paper, maps were made to relate geographic landscapes to carefully labeled imageries. As civilizations expanded, the world map become a representation of us. The geographical map contains information of the land, the people, and the politics. Supposedly, the world map should record the objective information and data collected about the land, yet often the most widespread maps were created by the one who held the greater power. The victors of history left their marks on the maps. They told the narratives through their perspectives.

World map showing the British Empire’s influence in 1886

Map as seen on Google Map back in 2005

In 2005, Google launched the Google Maps, offering satellite images and street maps as interactive tools to help users navigate their way. The digital age enabled creative minds to experiment with a large amount of data, creating new methods of mapping their narratives. The Internet bought a chance to build a map made from the perspective of multiple individuals. With the internet being a platform for collaborative interactions, a map could be populated by subjective thoughts of numerous individuals instead.

Union Square

40°44'07.7"N
73°59'26.5"W

Built In

1839

ZIP Code

10003

Acreage

6.51

ParkID

M086

Locations

3

Posts

20

Opened in 1839 and redesigned in 1872 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to accommodate mass congregations of New Yorkers, Union Square Park has served as home base for countless community events and festivals-from the first Labor Day parade in 1882 to workers' rallies in the 1930s to the first Earth Day in 1970 to the current, wildly popular Greenmarket. This former burial ground has seamlessly transitioned from a town square to a bustling City park.

Central Park

40°46'58.6"N 73°57'54.8"W

Built In

1847

ZIP Code

10023

Acreage

840.01

ParkID

M010

Locations

3

Posts

20

Arguably one of the most famous parks in the world, Central Park is a manmade wonder. Not only is it the first public park built in America, but it is also one of the most frequently visited, with over 25 million guests per year. Set in the middle of bustling Manhattan, its grounds serve as a safe haven, not only for athletes, daydreamers, musicians, and strollers, but also for teems of migratory birds each year.

Bryant Park

40°45'13.0"N
73°58'59.5"W

Built In

1847

ZIP Code

10018

Acreage

9.60

ParkID

M008

Locations

4

Posts

18

The site of ice skating at Winter Village, free summer movies on the lawn, and endless meals and meetings at its tables, Bryant Park serves its role well as a centrally located Manhattan park. Just blocks from Times Square and the theater district and mere feet from the New York Public Library, the park is an ideal resting spot for the thousands of tourists and residents who pass by its boundaries each day.

Highline

40°44'52.8"N
74°00'16.9"W

Built In

1839

ZIP Code

10003

Acreage

6.51

ParkID

M086

Locations

3

Posts

20

Arguably one of the most famous parks in the world, Central Park is a manmade wonder. Not only is it the first public park built in America, but it is also one of the most frequently visited, with over 25 million guests per year. Set in the middle of bustling Manhattan, its grounds serve as a safe haven, not only for athletes, daydreamers, musicians, and strollers, but also for teems of migratory birds each year.


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Union Square:
Subway Entrance