Research 01 – Collaborative Project (Smell maps)

Smell Map Narratives of Place — Paris by Kate McLean

Developing a new angle of view of visiting a city (Paris) based on human olfactory experience, which is a way to explore the involuntary imagination and memory in human mind. Also, it is an emotional connection between people and places. Furthermore, the relationship between environment, city and peoples able to rediscover.

Kate choses Paris as her research place. First, perceiving smells which are distributed equally cross the city and able to represent Paris best and then recreating smell through a variety of techniques. After that, Kate invited different participant to smell the scent and then write down the feeling (might be a past experience, or similar scent or something else what are related to the scent). Based on the data she collected, then she visualized the data in form of cartography and digital app/pdf.

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Her personal website:


Maps are made of permanent features, while smell is evanescent, temporary, and transitory. A practical map allows users to relate its markings to the landscape they see, but a smell-map records odors that may exist only at the moment of its making; modern maps take an imaginary aerial view, but a smell-map has a human viewpoint, and is made on the ground, walking.

— Vagueness Gridlocked

A Map of the smells of New York

By Eleanor Margolies


There is another work called Smells of New York City by Jason Logan.



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