template for a mapping project

Tanner Field, Ross Beardsley Wood. LAN3700, Winter 2022.
Instructor: Doug Anderson

Welcome to “Toronto”, 1615.
Have you ever wondered what Toronto was like before it was a city? Find out here, by navigating through the map of the city in 1615. You can find your block, explore the native landscape of today’s neighbourhoods, research the flora and fauna block by block, and help continue to rediscover 1615. 

Mapping template interface, language, and taxonomy borrowed from the Mannahatta Project
Additional layers of mapping, data aggregation, and visualization


Through the City of Toronto’s Application Information Centre, data submitted to the city for current Development Applications is publicly accessible. Geotechnical investigations for current applications provide accurate subsurface conditions at specific points across the city. This data could be extracted on an on-going basis to create a subsurface dataset for the city.

Digital Sacred Places

Sacred places occupy digital space as well as physical. The Lost Rivers movement is an example of this as individuals have pieced together an exploratory atlas of past hydrological forces. How can sacred places be included and/or referenced in a mapping excercise such as Toronto 1615?

QR Code

This mapping project could be paired with a perspective view element allowing viewers to look backwards and potentially forwards at specific locations. These specific locations could be accessed through the web interface as well as through distributed QR codes allowing users to engage on site and potentially augment reality (AR) of specific perspectival views.