Michael Pecirno is a multi-disciplinary designer based out of London, England. Originally trained as an architect and later working as an art director, his practice focusses on storytelling through visual and built experiences. This work crosses the boundaries of traditional design disciplines in order to create enriched objects, spaces, and ideas through research.
Michael completed his undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing his M.A. from the Royal College of Art’s Information Experience Design Programme. He has been an invited research fellow and scholarship recipient at multiple institutions, including the Architectural Association School of Architecture and Archeworks School of Design.
Michael’s work and writing has been featured in numerous places, including: The Venice Biennale’s Spontaneous Interventions Travelling Exhibit, The Battersea Annual Sculpture Prize, Proximity Magazine, The Billboard Art Project, and numerous other spaces and publications.
Google has dramatically changed how we are able to understand the world through maps. From global satellite photography down to over 5 million miles of street-level imagery, the ability for a person to find detailed images of a location has never been simpler. And while this incredible undertaking has changed how we are able to find and explore places, our understanding of our landscapes as a whole has stayed unchanged. While these maps allow us to view an entire country’s landscape, they are still simply either political or physical.
For instance, corn fields take up 91 million acres of the American landscape. This is a staggering 4.83% of the contiguous United States.* While hearing that value is quite astounding, there is little way right now for us to visualise what 4.83% of the American landscape looks like, or furthermore, where this land is. By focussing each map on a single subject, we are able to better visualise and understand our landscape.
Minimal Maps are an ongoing research project by Michael Pecirno.