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Desert City Mappers and Transport for Cairo (TfC) organized a collaborative mapping exercise at MSA University, Cairo, titled “Transit Map Design”. The 3-day workshop included Students from Cairo’s Public and Private Universities, and involved visualizing experimental real-life data released by TfC.
The workshop was structured into 4 presentations intertwined with active studio work by participants. Each presentation featured a topic related to transit map design to give participants relevant knowledge and ended with a call of action to guide participants through the experimental hands-on studio work.
This post documents how 12 students took 20 bus lines to paper; just 2% of Cairo’s Transportation System.
Cairo’s public transportation routes are badly understood and largely unmapped as a system. The city government released records including start and end points 6 years ago in 2010. The World Bank created basic traces of bus lines. Using these, the TfC team spent 3 weeks crowdsourcing pictures and photographing buses on Cairo’s streets using smartphones. By the end, 750 pictures identified 227 unique buses on Cairo’s streets. Next, all the pictures were cross-referenced based on location with city government and World Bank data using purpose-built software to verify bus routes. The most accurate 20 routes were chosen and put in a usable format – specifically GTFS. Official stations as written on buses were chosen to denote where buses stop.
Students were given access to this data in multiple formats: Tables denoting routes, and where buses stop; other tables denoting Stops and which routes pass by; and in Illustrator files containing geographically accurate representations on a map. They were tasked with turning this real-life data into a usable transit map.
The ‘Transit Map Design’ Workshop aim was to experiment with creating a transit map of a subset of Cairo’s public transportation system, while simultaneously exploring the urban fabric of Cairo as a key detriment of its transportation network.
The workshop was designed using a multilayered format consisting of theory, a comprehensive review of transit maps and hands-on studio work. It included:
A heavy emphasis was put on conveying a paradisciplinary approach to mapmaking based on elements drawn from Information Design, Graphic Design, Cartography & Data Visualization, and Psychology.
Workshop participants were chosen based on a competitive call for submissions that started 3 weeks prior to the workshops. Interested individuals were asked to submit an original re-design of the Cairo Metro Map.
After learning about mapmaking and exploring Cairo’s urban Fabric, participants had just 1 day to design, build and present a map for just 2% of Cairo’s Transportation System: 20 Bus Lines. The topographic inaccuracies and naming mistakes present are a testament to the experimental nature of these maps.
Click on the pictures to access high resolution PDF versions:
Team 1 – (Mirna Noaman, Mohamed Abdelaziz, Nada Hussein, Ahmed Zayed)
Team 2 – (Maryam Kamal Ismail, Abdelrahman Elhiatmy, Nariman Nashaat, Menna-Tallah Hamdy)
Team 3 – (Ismail Moneer, Mohamed Khalaf, Nada Hesham, Sarah S. Khalil)
Desert City Mappers
Transport for Cairo
You can be part of mapping Cairo’s Transportation Network. Take a look at this map, leave your feedback, share and stay in touch. The Transport for Cairo team will be releasing more maps in the future. Thank you for taking part.