Saturday, May 07, 2016
The Illustrated Map of Johannesburg
Mapping iThemba is an interactive map which explores issues around post-colonial science and drug discovery in South Africa. The map tells the story of iThemba Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company striving to create 'African solutions for African problems'.
At the center of this interactive is an illustrated map, providing an oblique view of Johannesburg, Pretoria, and the surrounding area. Using the map you can explore the infrastructure and the contextual environment within which iThemba operates. The markers on the map highlight some of these important locations around the iThemba campus and Johannesburg.
At the heart of the map is Joel Russell Huffman's panoramic illustration of Johannesburg. This illustrated map is not drawn to scale and obviously sacrifices geographical accuracy in favor of foregrounding the issues and locations which are most important to the story of iThemba and post-colonial science in South Africa.