If downtown Vancouver was a mountain...

This map is not a strict map of Vancouver but a new representation of Vancouver through its building height in a topographic design.

It has been done from building footprint associated with their height and and then blended together by vector software.

If downtown Vancouver was a mountain...
How to create this map for another city?
- Find the city data of building footprint associated with their height. From this data, use a GIS Software to create different shade of one color for each rank of height.
- With vector software, use the effect "Accented Edges" to create a blend effect.
- Then convert this map in picture and thanks to vector software, trace the picture with multiple scans and color option. This will create several layers of different color.
- Add for each layers a stroke to create a topographic design map.
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Alex E

“Maps are like campfires – everyone gathers around them, because they allow people to understand complex issues at a glance, and find agreement about how to help the land.”