On looking for some ‘left-field’ geographical articles to read I came across this article about an academic attempting to create a ‘smellscape’ city map. As the researcher reported during the news article:
“We spend most of our time walking around, we see things and we take about 80% of our information from that. But we’ve got four other senses, all of which contribute. And smell’s one of those senses that we pay very little heed to, but forms a huge part of how we absorb and how we know the world.”
Reading the article further, another researcher is compiling a city ‘soundscape’ map, and has another ambitious project in progress where he is collecting data from respondents’ to map a particular cities ambiance.