Where is Gibraltar Point? (or, Place is Dynamic)

An unruly place, a secret place, a hidden place — not everything is easily GPS-able. How do we make/create spaces that defy the coordinates of algorithmic systems? How can we present these types of spaces to those who haven’t been there?

the urban geographer

Where on Earth?

It’s easy to imagine that place is stable. A definite somewhere, that you can point to on a map. A place’s coordinates are easily found with a quick search on Google maps.

Google Maps

But is place really somewhere you can point to on a map?

Here

Under that big Google A, I think there’s less of an ability to track down where exactly HERE is.

AAAA

Consider a dramatic case, Gibraltar Point on Toronto Islands.

Gibraltar Beach

Gibraltar Point is the south-western most part of Toronto Island, and is where I’ve spent a lot of time. The point is formed from the southerly and westerly current of Lake Ontario pushing up sediment from land eroded from the Scarborough Bluffs to the east.

Island Flows

In this most technical of definitions, Gibraltar Point is this south-westerly most point of Toronto Island, where the currents meet each other almost perpendicularly. Taking this definition, we can find Gibraltar Point easily. Go…

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