Iqaluit Visitors’ Map

©  J. Warren Borg 2013

Iqaluit is the capital of Nunavut–the largest, northernmost and newest territory of Canada. One of the major problems a visitor encounters upon arrival is the proliferation of colloquial names used to identify the different areas of the town. Street names are not referred to, and the existing maps are vague. In this trifold wayfinding map a variety of techniques are used to quickly convey essential information, including many features not found on previous maps. These include the indication of altitude in various shades of green; snowmobile trails in blue; building typology in a variety of pastel colours; and ranges of building numbers. This map is intended not to replace the current map found in the visitor’s guide, but rather act as a complement.

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I'm a historian, curator, teacher and designer living in Ottawa. In 2003 I completed a Harvard doctoral dissertation on the 18thC origins of the catalogue raisonné. Then I taught at Stanford University in California from 2003 to 2005. For the next six years I was Curator of European & American Art at the National Gallery of Canada. These days I'm involved in a variety of research, teaching, advocacy and design projects. For more information visit my web sites, including my personal blog ( that will take you to my other sites including Design Incubator (, Slow Ottawa (, Vision Zero Canada ( and Love 30 Canada (

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The projects featured here were created by graduate students at the Azrieli School of Architecture, Carleton University, in a class that ran from January to April 2013. For more information consult the menu bar, or simply browse projects by category using the tag cloud.
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