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Garðabær, ISL


URBAN SHAPE - Paolo Gianfrancesco

About the exhibit


Icelandic Design Museum



Paolo Gianfrancesco



Paolo Gianfrancesco


Light focusing:

Kristján Kristjánsson

Exhibition Design:



Focusing light for exhibitions and galleries is services that Hildiberg studio offers. usually, we work with gear that the galleries own but we also custom made fittings for artwork and bring our own special gear if needed. 

About the exhibit: 

Texti from hönnunarsafn íslands 

Cities are perhaps humankind's greatest creation. They evolve out of the constant interplay of people and their environment. They consist of both visible elements, such as buildings and the urban landscape, and those that cannot be seen, such as history, human interactions and the flow of information.

Although maps do not provide the true picture of a city, they do give an indication of its character. Exhibiting maps of European capitals and the largest cities in the United States, side by side, offers a perspective that cannot be found on Google Maps, in books, or even through travel.

The architect Paolo Gianfrancesco invites us to this celebration of the city. Using data from the open-source project Open Street Map, coding allows him to include certain kinds of information while excluding others. His objective is to capture the essence of the city landscape through the flow of information.

The Urbanshape maps are on sale at

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