Vertical Atlas is not only a research project, but also a publication. The atlas has been produced by a group of more than 50 international designers, architects and academics from different disciplines, from more than 20 countries spanning all continents. The physical publication presents a series of newly commissioned maps by international designers and visual artists in new forms, including urban plans, data visualisation and cartographical works. Visual pieces are presented alongside texts in the form of articles and essays by prominent voices in architecture, design and academia and beyond. Together, they compile a compelling and groundbreaking publication that changes the ways in which space, technology and geopolitics are discussed today. The digital publication will be an online source providing digital representations that exist as narrative interfaces. The narrative interfaces will correlate aggregated data produced by ESA satellites with other data sources, resulting in dynamic representations of unfolding environmental, urban, infrastructural and other techno-political processes. Unlike the printed elements, this part of Vertical Atlas will be dynamic and continuously display unfolding narratives.
The Vertical Atlas publication will be available from 27 October 2022, when the official book launch takes place at Het Nieuwe Instituut. From that date until 27 November there will also be an exhibition dedicated to Vertical Atlas at the institute.