The Comparative Urban Atlas vol 1 is the result of a graduate level seminar at Syracuse University - School of Architecture. It compiles visualized data across 12 select cities throughout the globe, with each city exhibiting conditions of the contemporary city. The Atlas proposes mapping as a strategy of investigation at the scale of the city, and challenges students to critically evaluate the making of maps to "unpack" certain layers of the city. The Comparative Urban Atlas was officially launched at the Material Contours Exhibition on June 2018 in Skopje, Macedonia, and accompanies a traveling exhibition on critical cartography. Editor-in-Chief: Mitesh Dixit (DOMAIN Office); Editors: Sou Fang Katharina Koerber Erick Sanchez Art Direction & Design: DOMAIN Office; Contributor: AUDTT / Architecture & Urban Design Think Tank; A Special Thanks to Syracuse Architecture & UACS Skopje, and the U.S. Department of State.