“In this age of a super-abundance of information, on the Internet, for example, there is a need of formats that can clearly present enormous quantities of information and subsequently make it manageable for indexing systems. The atlas is a good example of such a format.”
“Atlas of places” are graphic, amazing, elegant maps. They are proper works of art, witch nothing is missing. At the same time they are also useful: those are real maps. This is the peculiarity of the work of Muriz Djurdjevic and Thomas Paturet.
Muriz Djurdjevic and Thomas Paturet, ATLAS OF PLACES. Switzerland Collection
All started at school, when this two students understood the importance of maps to study in the field of architecture. They started to analyze all the graphic world witch is linked to this topic. Both Muriz and Thomas improved they skills using methods of an architect. Indeed they elaborate an editorial project the same way they would develop an architectural project with the grid as the structuring element for the content or space.
Muriz Djurdjevic and Thomas Paturet during their collaboration, created more series of maps. Some represent the same subject seen in many different ways, such as Mediterranean Sea or Great Britain. Others focus on a clear subject and see how it changes in several area of the world.
These maps seems extremely contemporary and innovative. At the same time this two architect resume the antique cartography of Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries, witch they must be both beautiful and useful.
Atlas of Infrastructure I & II
“Cars, roads, municipal water supplies, sewers, telephones, railroads, weather forecasting, building, even computers in the majority of their uses – reside in a naturalised background, as ordinary and unremarkable to us as tress, daylight and dirt. Our civilisations fundamentally depend on them, yet we notice them mainly when they fail, which luckily for us they rarely do. They are the connective tissues and the circulatory systems of modernity. A well functioning infrastructure is by definition invisible, because its very purpose is to provide a basis for other activities – to accommodate different actors, their shifting goals, and modes of engagement. Only when it breaks down does infrastructure come to the fore.”
Muriz Djurdjevic and Thomas Paturet ATLAS OF PLACES. Atlas of Infrastructure I&II. Austria
Muriz Djurdjevic and Thomas Paturet, ATLAS OF PLACES. Atlas of Infrastructure I&II. France
Muriz Djurdjevic and Thomas Paturet, ATLAS OF PLACES. Atlas of Infrastructure I&II. Spain
Mediterranean Island, Great Britain and Mediterranean Sea Collections
“Just as… a good portrait of a person gives us a clue to his past life, so maps should… give an insight into the… history of our earth. But this alone is not sufficient… To reproduce the traces which organic life and, particularly, man leave upon it should form one of the main aims of map-making. One might almost say that maps showing the economic and commercial phenomena of any given region constitute a graphic epitome of our geographic knowledge concerning that region.”
Muriz Djurdjevic and Thomas Paturet, ATLAS OF PLACES. Mediterranean Island Collection. Corsica
Muriz Djurdjevic and Thomas Paturet. ATLAS OF PLACES. Great Britain Collection
Muriz Djurdjevic and Thomas Paturet, ATLAS OF PLACES. Mediterranean Sea Collection