Mapping for Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities
An introduction to mapping theory and geographic information systems tools.


This course provides an introduction to mapping theory and geographic information systems tools. Through the use of open-source GIS software (qGIS) and open data (OpenStreetMap) students will learn how to critically use mapping tools and geographic data for spatial analysis and representation. In this course, students will work through a series of web tutorials and hands-on in-class exercises to gain a better understanding of how these tools and data can be leveraged to analyze, represent and study past or present urban phenomena. In addition to using existing data, students will also be able to create or bring their own sets of data and questions from other courses and will be able to work with these in our class.

No prior experience in mapping, design or data analysis is required for this course. The course is open students in GSAPP and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and others by permission.

The full syllabus is available here. 

General Topics
  • Basic mapping concepts and techniques
  • Data types
  • Census data
  • Metadata
  • Data creation
  • Geocoding
  • Georeferencing
  • Vector and raster data
  • Webmapping and crowdsourced data
Spring 2016

The Spring of 2016 iteration of this course had twenty one students from seventeen different departments across the University. 

Fall 2016

This course will be offered again in the Fall 2016 semester with course number A4122.

Course Tutorials

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