Mapper's Challenge #23 — September 2018 — Back to School

Posted by Alessa on 9 September 2018 in Maltese (Malti).

Hello, everyone!

It’s time for this month’s mapping challenge. I know a large percentage of our OGF members are either back in school or fairly recent graduates, so it seems fitting to have this month’s theme be about education!

Your challenge this month is to create an educational institution and draw it in high detail. This will require some thinking about how education is structured in your country. It could be a primary school, a gymnasium, technical training facilities, a university, a religious school, or even something creative and unique. Maybe you need a testing facility for university admission (like ACT/SAT testing sites in the US) or for certifications for graduation (like an off-site Bac?). The choice is up to you. The key here, however, is to map things in detail no matter how small it is.

As you complete your new work, share it for the community either below or in the forum. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a friend! As always, I’ll do my best to provide feedback where I can. Good luck, everyone!

Comment from Yuanls on 9 September 2018 at 18:06

This post reminded me I had a half-finished secondary school somewhere in Plowford which I have just completed, and it’s the first secondary school I’ve mapped in high detail. Wellingbrook Park School is its name. It’s essentially what my current school has but everything is rearranged. In this sense, it isn’t the most creative submission, and it isn’t really even a submission since I am merely finishing something I started mapping this months ago. I guess it’s some relevant mapping for people to look at though.

Aesthetically I feel it is a bit empty. but that’s how most schools seem to be in actuality. Landuses don’t vary massively, especially not on grassy areas, which are literally just fields. I’m unsure how much more detail I can think of, let alone I could add to this without it seeming cartographically unrealistic, although as usual I’ve mapped it in line with my ‘high zoom level’ style of mapping, which is how I map Plowford in general.

Comment from Alessa on 9 September 2018 at 20:47

This is great, Yuanls. I don’t think it’s empty. In fact, there’s incredible detail here from the bus drop-off to the layout of sporting fields and playgrounds. Like the rest of Plowford, it’s a beautiful detail.

Comment from Eretra on 9 September 2018 at 23:22

Here’s my university, it’s not really finished as it lacks some utilities such as parking but I’m quite proud of it

Comment from varnel_maiser on 10 September 2018 at 00:14

A half-baked naval academy, with a few warships nearby (training ships in the dry docks will come soon), as well as more complex things.

Comment from FancyFoxy on 10 September 2018 at 01:53

Here’s a little middle school I created. It’s the first school I’ve officially made in my country, and I think it’s pretty detailed. It has a main multistory building for classrooms, and some other buildings I thought it could use.

Comment from tparigo on 10 September 2018 at 14:20

Here is my contribution to this mounth Challenge. EPV is an important public engineering school located in Valoris, Broceliande. It is supposed to be the best academic university in the country for Enginneering and sciences in general. I might expand the campus in the nexr days.

Comment from Alessa on 10 September 2018 at 16:09

@Eretra: This is a great start! The building detail is great; I applaud that. Yes, the other amenities will definitely help make it look great. Do you have an actual way or multipolygon that defines the boundaries of the university?

@Trombonist2003: Good start. The warships are, well, incredible. I’m excited to see what you come up with.

@FancyFoxy: This is good! I like that you put the classroom corridors in, along with giving some names to the buildings. This is a great touch. I do wonder if the administration needs that much space, or if extra classrooms could be in there too. Maybe an auditorium also? Next, given the potential seasonally monsoonal climate of Peaceland, have you considered a covered walkway connecting the classrooms to the media center? You could do that by adding a building for the coverage, and then using highway=footpath and tunnel=yes as the two tags for a bisecting line (similar to how I did the Iola colonnade.

@tparigo: Wow! Once again you’ve set the standard high. I love the detail down to the building names. One thing I noticed is that the Edifice Rougier has a typo (Rdifice Rougier) in its name. How do people get to the university? Do people drive or take transit? I don’t see a lot of parking for cars, so I assume the Corouge-Rohan and Mégare stations are the main way of transport?

Great stuff, everyone! I love what you’re doing.

Comment from Luciano on 10 September 2018 at 16:19

This is not new work, but I thought I’d share the campus of the Universidad San Basílides (map, wiki). It’s not complete, but it’s the best I have at the moment.

I like what others have been doing.

Comment from Rustem Pasha on 11 September 2018 at 10:27

University of Sultan Selim. Maybe it is not as great as some others work but I find it still worthy to share. I have drawn it a couple of weeks ago so it’s rather out of contest but maybe someone would find it inspiring.

Comment from wangi on 11 September 2018 at 12:33

We need an experimental 3D viewer so you all can turn those “walls as roof lines” into true 3D buildings and see them! :)

Comment from oneofbeatlefan on 13 September 2018 at 11:59

My admission for this challenge, University of San Martín. While being in a relatively old area, this University is pretty new (1980s) and most of the faculty are social related.

Comment from Davieerr on 13 September 2018 at 23:53

Made a school, it’s new (Made in the 2000’s). Made after a education policy change, that made all schools have only one shift.

Comment from iiEarth on 19 September 2018 at 02:49

@wangi I have been to Nishi-Shinjuku and Odaiba!


Comment from iiEarth on 19 September 2018 at 02:51

And I’m developing an university which will be finished soon.

Building Site: Fort Massær University

It is not visible right now as I didn’t save it yet.

-Sincerely, iiEarth

Comment from iiEarth on 19 September 2018 at 05:36

Fort Massær has been saved! I will be updating soon, but this is what I could’ve made until now.

-Sincerely, iiEarth

Fort Massær

Comment from The_Cute_Chick on 19 September 2018 at 13:47


The cardinal directions you mapped in Fort Massær University are incorrect. ‘East’ is on the west side of the University and vice versa. Southeast is to the southwest of the facility and so on.



Comment from iiEarth on 19 September 2018 at 23:53

@TCC, thanks for reminding me! I have changed it now. I sometimes get my East and West confused… :P

Comment from Sarepava on 21 September 2018 at 17:43

This is Säntjana Ülikool, a famous (Karolians would be a little hesitant to use the adjective ‘prestigious’) school in the capital which has its origins in medieval times.

Originally located in the old town (what is now Säntjana vanakool at the present site was constructed after Unification in the early 19th century. Buildings have been added since, particularly the sports complex and swimming pool. SU has around 100 students over four year groups. Entry is competitive and is via standard entrance exam or through merit in music or sports ability. The school has many famous alumni including politicians, writers, artists and academics.

The term ‘Ülikool’ means just ‘high school’, but in a different sense than the American one: it’s implied that this is the oldest and most important secondary school in the city. Some are privately run but the strict equality in Karolian education policy means that entry is free and there is no difference in standards between state and private schools.

Comment from PortCal on 6 October 2018 at 17:03

Another late entry: the main campus of the University of Trevers. As of now, it is not completed, but it will be in a few days.

UT was originally located in the historic centre of Trevers, but when both the city and the university grew, it had to move faculties to another place. In that time there was enough space along the river Ansy, where the first buildings were built. The university grew substantially since that time, and eventually, became the large campus of today. There are still plenty of natural features to be found all over the campus.

The university was made entirely car-free in 1992. The campus was bloated with parked cars, street crossings were very dangerous and it all made for a bad environment. At first, people were not happy with the changes at all. There were some demonstrations, but people eventually were forced to leave their cars outside the campus, and take public transport or the bicycle instead. Nowadays, all former roads have been replaced by bicycle paths, green space and bus lanes. Students, personnel and even guests are encouraged to take the train to University station, or take the metro to one of the three stations on campus.

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