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Amstel Station

Joost says, "This is a map I've drawn for my friend, who visited my house for the first time. Since the rain didn't stop pouring down, I explained she best take her bicycle on the subway to the city center instead of cycling all the way back. I tried to explain the shortest way to get from my house to Amstel station."

2010-11-08 : Betondorp, Amsterdam, the Netherlands : Joost Post

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Afrikaanderbuurt

Hi Kris,

In 1986 at the local flea market I found an old ledger. I bought it because of the empty pages. Only the first three pages were used. Two pages were an autobiography and one page was a hand-drawn map of the author's neighbourhood.

The autobiography started like this: "Life began for me in 1922, but I don't remember much before 1930." The author, it is unknown whether it is a man or a woman, gives us a brief history of the newly built neighbourhood 'Afrikaanderbuurt'. People from rural parts of the Netherlands settled there to work in the booming harbourtown Rotterdam. During elections you could see the political preference of its inhabitants. Lots of posters of political parties showed up in the windows. Some streets were completely catholic, others were mixed, and one street was totally red. There the socialists and the communists lived. This street, the 'Tweeboschstraat', was known for its radical population. During the Great Depression, plenty of strikes and riots started here. Men threw tiles from the roofs and women emptied pisspots on the heads of policemen. At certain times it was a real no-go area for the Rotterdam police. "It was an exciting time," wrote the unknown author.

In the neighbourhood 'Afrikaanderbuurt' street names referenced the Boer War in South Africa. The Anglo-Boer War ended in 1902. The main street on the map, 'Bloemfonteinstraat', owed its name to the remembrance of the concentration camp in Bloemfontein. Lots of people died there from starvation. Other streets honored Boer-generals like Joubert and Cronjé.

On the map you see houses of families the maker knew. In the middle of the map on the left side, next to 'Haven Thompson' you see the text:'zw kousenkerk'. It stands for 'Zwarte Kousenkerk'. In translation: Black Stockingschurch. In the Netherlands, it's the nickname for the church of fundamentalist protestants. Reading between the lines you can be pretty sure that the author is not a fundamentalist protestant, nor a catholic of a socialist. The autobiography ends abruptly, the following pages were left blank. It is difficult to say why this ledger appeared at the flea market. Did the author die?

I give it a little chance to find out who the person was.

Kees Touw

1986-00-00 : Rotterdam, the Netherlands : Unknown (courtesy Kees Touw)

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Schat (Treasure)

Dylan writes, "This is a treasure map of an area near Nootdorp in the Netherlands called the Dobbeplas. The map was made as part of a treasure hunt birthday party for my son Sam's 9th birthday. The treasure location is marked on the map by the symbol associated with the word "schat" (treasure in Dutch). The map was both drenched in tea and burned around the edges to give it an more authentic treasure map look. The birthday guests and Sam were not able to find the treasure that day without a lot of help from the map creator. Being 9 year old boys, they mostly ran in wild circles without really ever trying to follow the map." Dylan ended his email saying he would have sent the original map, but it is so important to him he has it hanging on his wall.

2003-00-00 : Nootdorp, the Netherlands : Dylan Hoey

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Orange, of course

Here's a nice little map of central Amsterdam sent to us by Michelle via email. Perhaps you'll consider retracing her steps the next time you visit the city.

2011-02-16 : Amsterdam, the Netherlands : Michelle Jenks

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You're in Amsterdam? So Am I.

Ryan's friend Matt drew this map to guide himself around Amsterdam in order to meet up with another friend who was working there at the time. Apparently the map was only slightly helpful for Matt once he got there.

2009-00-00 : Amsterdam, the Netherlands : Ryan Miller

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Life Center

Bettie submitted this map when her teacher, Kees Touw, asked her to create a map of a well traveled road. She quickly realized that much of her life was centered around Het Malieveld, a large field used for parades, fairs, and demonstrations in The Hague. From 1953 to 1962 she travelled to school by tram on the Blue Tram or Budapester along with her stuffed monkey, Joepie. Her first car, a Fiat 500 named Moppie 1, took her to work from 1970 to 1975. After work she went to evening classes west of the field. After class she would visit a local pub near the Parliament buildings. Later, she found herself again driving the route in a Chevy Corsica (Moppie 13) from 1990 to 1997 to get to work near the Panorama Mesdag musuem. Her company later moved closer to Het Malieveld in 1997 where she would drive to work in Moppie 14 until 2008.

2009-02-20 : Den Haag, The Netherlands : Bettie van Veen

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Nummer 2

Jan shared with us a series of maps that were created by various individuals, young and old, during a project he initiated for the Museumnacht Amsterdam. Museumnacht is a yearly art festival where all the museums in Amsterdam open at night and feature a special program. The 2008 program was based on the ideas of the Situationist International. The overriding theme was "strolling through the city." Flora, the programming director for ARCAM (Amsterdam Center for Architecture) shared this information with us: "visitors to ARCAM could break free of their usual routines and discover surprising ways to go around the city. You could make your own GPS artworks with Jeremy Wood, your own mindmap with Jan Rothuizen and play with the growing structure of Noa Haim [no link available]." The evening started with a crash course in Situationism with videos by Guy Debord and a lecture by Jacqueline de Jong.

The heading for each of the maps submitted by Jan reads "From here to there. Trace your route to here (the ARCAM building). The starting point is A, this could be your starting point this Museumnacht or for example your house." We won't bother translating the rest of the text on the maps. We think they are interesting whether you can read Dutch or not. [larger version]

2008-11-01 : Amsterdam, the Netherlands : Jan Rothuizen

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Nummer 1

Jan shared with us a series of maps that were created by various individuals, young and old, during a project he initiated for the Museumnacht Amsterdam. Museumnacht is a yearly art festival where all the museums in Amsterdam open at night and feature a special program. The 2008 program was based on the ideas of the Situationist International. The overriding theme was "strolling through the city." Flora, the programming director for ARCAM (Amsterdam Center for Architecture) shared this information with us: "visitors to ARCAM could break free of their usual routines and discover surprising ways to go around the city. You could make your own GPS artworks with Jeremy Wood, your own mindmap with Jan Rothuizen and play with the growing structure of Noa Haim [no link available]." The evening started with a crash course in Situationism with videos by Guy Debord and a lecture by Jacqueline de Jong.

The heading for each of the maps submitted by Jan reads "From here to there. Trace your route to here (the ARCAM building). The starting point is A, this could be your starting point this Museumnacht or for example your house." We won't bother translating the rest of the text on the maps. We think they are interesting whether you can read Dutch or not. [larger version]

2008-11-01 : Amsterdam, The Netherlands : Jan Rothuizen

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Nomadic Memories

Kees, an artist from Rotterdam, sent us this drawing of Western Europe. The work shows only waterways (rivers, canals, harbours, locks) as seen from the air. Through his drawings, Kees reconstructs his nomadic childhood on the waterways of Europe. Throughout his childhood, his parents ran the cargoship, "Attacus," sailing the rivers and canals of Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Kees tells us that during the first eight years of his life he visited his homeport only three times.

2007-00-00 : Netherlands : Kees Touw

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Housewarming

This map was recently drawn by Charlotte when her mom came to visit at her new home. Her mother had only driven there once before and wasn't entirely sure how to get there. A few days later, Charlotte's mother saw an article about the HDMA in the Dutch newspaper, NRC Next, and encouraged Charlotte to submit the map to us.

2008-10-03 : Zwolle, The Netherlands : Charlotte van Engeland

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New Home

This is map 6 from a collection of 9 scans from Jeff's notebook. Map to a new home in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

2008-01-00 : Eindhoven, Netherlands : Jeff Werner

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Rendezvous

This is map 5 from a collection of 9 scans from Jeff's notebook. This map explains how to get to the hotel rendezvous after a class field trip at the Design Academy.

2008-01-00 : Eindhoven, Netherlands : Jeff Werner

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Friend's House

This is map 4 from a collection of 9 scans from Jeff's notebook. Map to friend's house in Eindhoven.

2008-04-00 : Eindhoven, Netherlands : Jeff Werener

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Eindhoven

This is map 3 from a collection of 9 scans from Jeff's notebook. Here we have a map to a friend's house, movie theatre and Church in Eindhoven, Netherlands drawn sometime between April and June 2008.

2008-04-00 : Eindhoven, Netherlands : Jeff Werner

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Church and a Park

This is map 1 from a collection of 9 scans from Jeff's notebook. This one shows a sketch of a church and a park drawn by Jort Den Hollander.

2008-06-03 : Eindhoven, Netherlands : Jeff Werner (drawn by Jort Den Hollander)

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