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Vertical Atlas is a new atlas to help us navigate the geopolitics of the world today. The atlas is currently being produced by a group of more than 50 international designers, architects and academics from different disciplines and coming from more than 20 countries spanning all continents. The physical publication will present 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 to be 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 is due to be publically available by 2021. In the meantime you can follow the development of the publication through various public events. 

Editorial Structure

Following continued research development the editorial structure of the Vertical Atlas publication will differ from that of its Research Labs. Geography is not the default reference frame of the mappings in Vertical Atlas, although it will be an important element as it plays such a dominant part in political histories that shaped the physical layout of the local, national and imperial technological infrastructures.

Kévin Bray
Het Nieuwe Instituut and Digital Earth
Benjamin Bratton, Arthur Steiner, Leonardo Dellanoce, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer