In Beirut, among numerous other cities in the Middle East and Asia, it is landmarks rather than street names that provide primary orientation points for navigation. Zawarib.org is attempting to create a shift in this model, merging streets and landmarks onto a new form of map. They call it “turning chaos into order”. What are the cultural implications? How does it affect social interactions? What differences will it make for travel, tourism or even surveillance? A compelling article in the Guardian further discusses the issue…

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