Gigamap Exhibition

The exhibition was held onsite at the National Institute for Design.

Co-designing a Pathway through Food Revolution for Social Change

GIGAMAP: Process of ‘individual capacity building’ leading to ‘collective capacities’ in order to contribute to positive social change.

Car-Free City Life

Gigamap: Autonomous public transport systems the then ongoing implementation of a car-free city center policy in Oslo.

Circulating Health Information toward Health Action

Gigamap: How might we help people to learn to manage their cardiovascular risk?

COLreg: The Regenerative Community

Gigamap: Proposes circular economy for a gardening colony including upcycling and the use of tokens.

Design in Indian Army

Gigamap: Design thinking and human-centric approach to broaden the spectrum of design in the Indian Army.

Equation of Craft in India

Gigamap: The craft sector in India through mapping interconnections and multidirectional influences.

Making Waves: Organizational gigamap

Gigamap: The complex web of structures that form part of organizations, and some of the components they may need to operate.

Norwegian Labour & Welfare and Oslo Adult Education

Gigamap: Bridging the gap between people and public services by offering an overview of the whole system.

Obesity Epidemic

Gigamap: Interdependencies, harmful feedback loops, and interventions to break the cycle of obesity.

Obesity in Western Pennsylvania

Gigamap: A visual guide to obesity and design interventions through Meadows’ leverage points.

Obesity in Western Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University


  1. Alison Hu
  2. Gary Tang
  3. Sarah Xi
  4. Emily Wu


Nearly 40% of adult Americans are diagnosed with obesity, a preventable disease with links to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Globally and nationally, one in five children and adolescents are overweight. Obesity itself does not discriminate – the basic assumption is that anyone can experience it, largely due to their own choices. However, our map seeks to dissect the myriad of systemic issues that concentrate obesity likelihood at the lower ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. We aimed to depict the complex issues overshadowed by base assumptions.

Since obesity is preventable, it would seem natural to simply cut back on the calorie intake and perhaps hop on an elliptical. However, to approach this wicked problem without realizing the various effects of environmental, political, technological, and economic factors is to not see the issue at all.

Our team created the following map to draw out the causes and implications of the multi-faceted problem. This map uses categorical labels to develop a rich holistic picture of the problem, allowing us to understand obesity as a problem of many roots and within multiple hierarchies. Our group could create this visual guide that tells the story of obesity as we know it and granted us the knowledge to propose design intervention through Meadows’ leverage points.