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Traditional, neatly folding maps requires one to stop regularly, spread the map out, orient it the right way and then locate the right zone on the map that corresponds to the actual neighborhood, to find what you are looking for.

In contrast, Crumpled City Maps [pizzolorusso.com] proposes to use a soft, yet hard-wearing, waterproof material (Dupont™ Tyvek®) that is meant to be creased and crumpled. One can place a particular area on the palm of a hand to spot street names then just screw it up, stuff it back into its case or trousers' pocket, and carry on.

Currently in production, Pizzolorusso hopes to release the maps soon, which will include London, Paris, New York, Tokyo and Berlin.

If you are interested in new forms of physical maps, be also sure to check out Panamap (a recent resurrection of the previously blogged but registered trade name-clashing Dynamap).

Via Cool Hunting.




Crumpled City Maps is an innovative idea to enhance map life and user convenience. Are these maps eco-friendly and pocket-friendly?

Wed 03 Mar 2010 at 6:14 PM

Wow, no more map-hating for me then. This is a genius idea!

Wed 03 Mar 2010 at 11:04 PM

Sometimes things really don't need to be innovated.
the idea of a "crumplable" map makes sense only with small maps, otherwise you'd be walking around with a football sized paper crumple in your pockets. and i don't think that would feel comfortable.
on the other hand maps small enough to be crumpled usually takes like just 3 folds to be neatly folded into a much more manageable paper bundle.

Thu 04 Mar 2010 at 2:14 AM

What advantages does this have over printing onto a piece of cloth, like a hankerchief?

Thu 04 Mar 2010 at 2:47 PM

It's great!
I think it can be very useful.

Sun 07 Mar 2010 at 5:30 AM

The idea is not new: escape maps were printed on fabric during WWII so that they could be folded tightly without creasing. Nonetheless, they look quite useful.

Mon 08 Mar 2010 at 5:44 AM
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