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I just wanted to post a link to a recent interview with GL author Daniel Tucker and his collaborator Ryan Griffis. Daniel’s been super busy, it looks like, and released another book documenting a kind of social geography — the way different people would map out and define our fair city. You can read the whole interview by going here, but I reposted Robby Herbst’s introduction below.

Tonight! DePaul Art Museum is hosting AREA Chicago’s Notes for a People’s Atlas Book Release Party and Reception. Notes for a People’s Atlas is a multi-city community mapping project that started in Chicago in 2005 and has since expanded to a number of cities ranging from Zagreb (Croatia) to Greencastle, Indiana (USA). The project was initiated by AREA-Chicago, a magazine about art, research, education and activism in Chicago. The book and a website (peoplesatlas.com) document this project by presenting the maps collected in each city along with commentary by leading thinkers dealing with art, urban space, cartography and definitions of place.

I enjoy thinking about how Tucker’s projects overlap and interrelate — the way they start to build on one another and create a bigger picture of what he’s up to. Three books in less that two years is evidence of a lot of work. The book released first, Farm Together Now: A Portrait of People Places and Ideas for a New Food Movement was written by Tucker and Amy Franceschini published by Chronicle Books in 2010. “…this part-travelogue, part-oral history, part-creative exploration of food politics will introduce readers to twenty groups working in agriculture and sustainable food production in the U.S.” Then of course, our own Visions for Chicago is evidence of another series of conversations conducted (this time) at home: here Tucker focuses not on nutritional sustenance, but rather on a political context. What are the dreams for our future? How do we contextualize those dreams and what happens when you gather a variety of visions together in one book? Notes For A Peoples’ Atlas is his latest endeavor. Keeping in stride with his style of conversation, this book gathers another kind of city portrait — one captured from a bird’s eye conception of our landscape.

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