Scent Maps Plot City’s Smelliest Blocks [Pics]

Scent Maps Plot City’s Smelliest Blocks [Pics]

Sensory researcher designs visual representations to make people aware of the scents of their urban hubs.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 31 may 2013

For sensory researcher Kate McLean, having a smell map of one’s city is just as important as having the traditional visual map. That is why she created Sensory Maps, which are designed to make people more aware of not just the visuals but also the smells of their cities.


According to McLean, smells or scents bring out memories and can connect with people on a deeper level. Plotting the smells around the city and identifying ‘smell marks’ or olfactory landmarks can help people know more about their city and can improve their experience of their environment.


Mclean’s Sensory Map research aims to create maps that cater to all five senses, not just sight. McLean has come out with smell map of places such as Newport, Glasgow, Paris, Edinburgh, and New York.

Sensory Maps


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