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The story behind the system westermarkt Stefanija Najdovska dam singel area


Backround and research


I realized I’m quite obsessed with signs and visual language, maps, guides, grids and cities. I collect and make images, and various kinds of visual representation, and get excited finding my own way through an unknown city or area. I am also aware that not many people are like me. How do you find your way in a space you do not know and determine reference points?


Amsterdam as my starting point


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Legend: squares (pleins) axis walking zone walking/biking zone biking zone biking/driving zone driving zone


Orientation by areas

westermarkt dam singel area leidse square museum square vondel park


central station nieuwmarkt waterlooplein artis zoo

tropical museum weesperplein weteringcircuit albert cuyp


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Big thanks to Roelof ‘t Hooft for helping me figure out the system; Bas van Beek, Lena Shafir, Krijn Christiaansen, Cathelijne Montens and Jeroen Kramer for coaching; Mediamatic for printing; Harrison Gorman for all the advices and help; Amanda van Slooten for helping me contact companies; and Tom Tjon-A-Loi for driving me to them. Amsterdam 2010

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