May Mappers Challenge update 2

Posted by Sarepava on 20 May 2016 in English (English).

A couple of weeks have passed since the last entry, so here’s what I have been working on:

A large housing estate in a poorer area, Caminharju, with tower blocks and communal apartments as well as two schools. There is a medical centre and some small shops in the estate, appropriate for the economic makeup of the area:

Beginning of the industrial area in the south-west corner. This includes some railways spurs and disused railways, a power station and works, and some terraced houses for workers (a British touch):

Just a little to the north is a redeveloped area which has some posh apartment blocks and a Chogué temple for immigrants from the Ardisphere (cheers Luciano):

The state hospital:

Large mainline traincare facility at the Idaajaam:

The wealthy suburb of Lossepark (Castle Park) which is built on the ridge (‘harju’) by the river, every house with a big garden, and a posh school; Building the relief road through here was very controversial and noise barriers and trees have been planted to hide it.

Palenkaplats, which is the main nightlife area and traditionally home to the LGBTQIA+ community, with several gay and student bars. Rents are going up as the area becomes more gentrified.

Gradually adding house numbers and shop types to Saar island.

Zooming out, I have tried to convey the city’s development through the style of the street grid. You can see the blocks get bigger the more recent the buildings are, from tightly-packed medieval lanes, then the 17th/18th/19th century blocks, then the railways around what was then the city limits and the industrial zones, then the 20th century suburbs with cul-de-sac roads. I now place streets having imagined what buildings are between them, and create more accurate building shapes (most land in a city is actually not built on).

Happy mapping everyone - please post your monthly challenge updates too.

Comment from Yuanls on 21 May 2016 at 00:04

Wow, I’m impressed! It looks lovely.

Meanwhile I’ve only done one and a half ‘sectors’ in Decton. I will be free of work the week after next, and I might get some more stuff done then.

Comment from Luciano on 21 May 2016 at 07:36

It looks quite good. I’m impressed.

Personally, I am failing my own mapper’s challenge, this month - by which I mean I am just too busy, mostly, to get much work done on my selected area. Anyway congratulations! Great work.

Comment from histor on 21 May 2016 at 08:15

I like your detailled mapping. Looks very good. Too it is realistic, to make detailled railway-service units. But here at Kanton-Idää I think, to start and terminate trains it is not easy - the way in the service area is from the back and too from your main-tracks. Why not in both stations of Kanton-Idää three or four platforms and from them the way to the service-area?

Comment from Sarepava on 21 May 2016 at 10:24

Känton-Idaa is modeled on Clapham Junction in London where a similar arrangement of a depot between a split station can be found. Here in Karolia, the line from the west to the northeast was built first with the depot alongside, then the line to the southeast added later. It causes some faff manoeuvering trains into the yard but it’s a nice imperfection.

Comment from kingfries on 21 May 2016 at 19:18

I failed in the first week already, wanted to work more on detailing some small island with casinos, hotels, that kind of stuff. In the end got that finished to 60% maybe at maximum and started to redraw my entire capital city again because I thought it looked unnatural and ugly. So… I’m gonna see if I get to do the June challenge. And to all others, your progress looks nice :)

Comment from Ernestpkirby on 21 May 2016 at 20:55

I failed as soon as I decided to redo my airport, but I did get some good work done in Downtown Quentinsburgh with new buildings-

Comment from BMSOUZA on 22 May 2016 at 13:49

Very good more one time, Sarepava! Inspired in your idea, I am thinking about a nightlife district in Campo Verde too!!

I see everybody saying is failing (I would like to know about Isleño, hehehe ;-P )

Me too. Maybe I failed because I was needing more buildings BEFORE the challenge, as I am doing in Campo Verde downtown and Liberdade suburb this month.

But, exactly in the Challenge, I can mention as my main results the terminal of Intl.Airport, the central railway station and some subway stations, as Calçadão (“Pedestrian Street”) and Liberdade.

Comment from Thunderbird on 22 May 2016 at 16:20

This looks great Sarepava! I am inspired by your work! I didn’t know there was an OSM tag for noise barriers along highways, so I will definitely need to use that.

Especially in the poorer area with the apartment towers, you’ve mapped it so well that I can really get a good idea of what the area looks like on the ground.

I always map only within a certain area, so this challenge was not a true challenge for me. I’ve recently been working on the west side of Patriot City, an area that doesn’t have a name yet. It is mostly middle-class dense suburban development with close together single-family homes.

Comment from JBstad1 on 22 May 2016 at 17:08

Hey, I understand kingfries on that one. I may have to do some touch-ups on my capital and other cities and redo my rivers. Let’s just say I’ve flunked on my challenge, but I’m pretty confident in the work I put in.

Comment from PortCal on 22 May 2016 at 18:58

I think you did an awesome job! I really love the way you created the wealthy suburbs and the nightlife district. All the other locations mentioned here are looking totally great too, and I’m especially impressed by the highly detailed stations and airport of BMSOUZA and the great looking Patriot City by Thunderbird.

I’ve already failed at day 2, because Trevers is not even finished entirely and I am very chaotic when mapping, going criss-cross from one part of the city to the other and from high detail to basic structuring. That’s actually what I’ve been doing for this month too and it works really good for me. Furthermore I’m very busy in college so was less active this month.

But some things I did actually do is create and detail the Trevers Flechter International Airport with very high detail when zooming in. I also managed to create a Grand Prix circuit which was very hard for me to get it to look right. Although it did not fit in the May challenge, I’m very satisfied with my own progress.

Comment from bhj867 on 22 May 2016 at 19:04

I have been slowly but surely working on the central part of St.Richards. my goal is a more realistic world class city with many roundabouts, train stations, and a more interesting and detailed building structure around the old forum and castle. There are so many details that can be placed around the city and I have put it off for long enough. So far I have added 4-5 roundabouts on the forum, and have included many detailed buildings and a city hospital. More to come.

Comment from Sarepava on 22 May 2016 at 19:07

Some comments of the other contributions here, all very good work.

Quentinsburgh will be great when the entire city’s buildings are in place - which is many months’, even years’, work. I would make the courtyards bigger especially in the 100m2 blocks - it is surprising how much of a built-on area is actually not taken up with buildings as it allows for more windows. This isn’t so important for big office blocks with glass walls of course. Also using areas for railway platforms adds realism as does smoothing out the railway curves.

Campo Verde is looking great in the downtown area. Lots of detail and good landuse, and I love Liberdade station. But I think the central station should be bigger. The platforms are only 100m long - that’s about 4 train cars and only good for metro trains. More like 300m would be realistic, and they should be wider too. Maybe the station was built small in the past or trains are not very big in this country, but it usual to have the main station on a grander scale. In fact the subway stations should have longer platforms too unless they are for trams instead of trains, like in Essen or the DLR in London. The airport with all its shops I think is the most detailed yet in OGF, and whilst some would disprove of the parked aircraft because they are non-static objects they really help with the scale.

Considering I don’t like lots of grid cities, Patriot City is a welcome addition to the map. There is some nice variation of the roads in the suburbs and the important buildings are in place in the centre.

Noise barriers are rendered the same as a wall in OSM, but they seemed needed here. The highway was an ordinary street until the 1970s when it was forced to widen to create the current dual-carriageway.

All of us can build restaurants with the cuisine of other countries and foreign car dealers as we go along.

Comment from BelpheniaProject on 22 May 2016 at 20:12

The city of Kanton looks great. I’m impressed.

Comment from Thunderbird on 22 May 2016 at 21:48

@PortCal Thank you! I think Trevers is a great looking city also, certainly the downtown and area surrounding it was thought out better than Patriot City, you have many different sections of the city center! The airport also looks very realistic, you did a great job on all the roads to the terminals as well. And plenty of detail within the terminals themselves.

@Sarepava Although you may not like grid cities I wanted to create a city inspired somewhat by Philadelphia. When I first started, the city center was the first thing I had mapped except for a small town in Commonia, so I did not do as well as I could have. The outer part of the city came later. Perhaps in the future I might redo the downtown just a bit to make it less redundant. Thank you for the compliment on my mapping!

Comment from Demuth on 22 May 2016 at 21:52

The detail is so impressive, Simon! Right down to the trees on the Haaluptee esplanade. And all the buildings, the houses in Lossepark, but really, all over the city and suburbs. And Man + Man! Ha ha! I think I’ve been there…

Comment from Luciano on 22 May 2016 at 22:52

I finally did some actual work.

Comment from BMSOUZA on 23 May 2016 at 00:14

Thanks PortCal and Sarepava for the coments about Campo Verde!

About the good criticism of Sarepava, I am right now trying to make the Central Station bigger. In fact, I understand NOTHING about railways, here in Brasil this transportation is not so usual, in the most of the cities and towns. (I know only Estação da Luz, in São Paulo, and Central do Brasil, in Rio de Janeiro). Because this, I am always doing these mistakes, hehehe.

As I know nothing about it, I agree: There is railways in Brasonia only because Histor create a service from Latina, hahaha.

About subway, I used so much the subway system when I went to São Paulo, and in Rio de Janeiro I rarely use it, because I go by car the most of the times, hehehe. Well, as I rarely use this transportation too, I do this mistake too, hehe. But I will try edit it soon! Thank you!!

Comment from isleño on 23 May 2016 at 05:21

@BMSOUZA — Admin edits don’t count, haha… so actually I’m not failing yet. I tend to work offline and do a big upload at the end. ;-)

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