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Maps

Black Broadway / U Street in the 23rd Century

Black Broadway / U Street in the 23rd Century

A series of maps imagining Black Broadway (U street) in the year 2215 c.e. Drawn from conversations, walks, and Future Cartographic's evolving speculative fiction narrative of the time between now and then. One version of these maps is available in the book Oral Histories/ Oral Futures: U Street/ Black Broadway in the 20th & 23rd Centuries [ Available in the Future Cartographic shop ➤ ]

The Great New York Avenue Orchard

The Great New York Avenue Orchard

An early Future Cartographic expedition plotted the 23rd Century future of New York Avenue as a vast orchard of fruit trees where residents and their children north and south of New York Avenue gather routinely gather fruit for desserts and breakfast. The story and map is a response to the present state of the avenue as a polluted and noisy gridlocked strip that separates neighborhoods with a vast and hostile landscape. [ Hear an interview with Erik Moe on New York Avenue with WAMU's Rebecca Sheir ➤ ]

Georgetown Walking Survey of Time & Public Space

Georgetown Walking Survey of Time & Public Space

Created while in residence at Halcyon ArtsLab in Georgetown, this map displays routes surveyed on foot during the six month residency. In the map, gated and semi-private institutional gardens and other semi-public spaces are imagined as open space for collective enjoyment, while the riverfront and lower Georgetown is abandoned due to the rising post-climate change tidal waters of the Potomac. At a December, 2016 installation at Halcyon House (pictured) visitors were asked to respond to the questions "how did we get to now?" and "how do we get to the future?"