Mapping Planetary Urbanization

Symposium and Workshop:

Map­ping the non-mappable? Car­to­gra­phic Repre­sen­ta­ti­ons of Urban Processes

Sum­mer Sym­po­si­um 

Orga­ni­zer: NSL (in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with the FCL Modu­le V Sum­mer School on pla­ne­ta­ry urbanization)

Time: 14:00–19:00, Tues­day, July 1, 2014

ETH Zurich
HIL E 67
Ste­fa­no-Fran­sci­ni-Platz 5, 8093 Zurich

Pre­sen­ta­ti­ons by: Nico­las Bour­quin, Jan Lin­den­berg, Phil­ip­pe Rek­a­ce­wicz, Chris­ti­an Schmid, Peter Spillmann

Car­to­gra­phic repre­sen­ta­ti­ons are today wide­ly appli­ed in archi­tec­tu­re, urban design, plan­ning, and social sci­en­ces. Howe­ver, moments of cri­ti­cal reflec­tion on metho­do­lo­gi­cal foundations,and poli­ti­cal con­se­quen­ces of map­ping are rare. This trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry sym­po­si­um has the aim to enga­ge a cri­ti­cal dis­cus­sion on map­ping and car­to­gra­phy, by invi­ting four spe­cia­lists in geo­gra­phy, car­to­gra­phy, visu­al repre­sen­ta­ti­on, arts and gra­phic design for a pre­sen­ta­ti­on of their expe­ri­en­ces in map­ping. We will par­ti­cu­lar­ly focus on map­ping prac­ti­ce as a device for cri­ti­cal reflec­tion of urba­niza­ti­on pro­ces­ses and inves­ti­ga­te the noti­ons of time, cla­ri­ty and intui­ti­ve impre­cis­i­on in the maps.

— dis­cus­sion of dif­fe­rent forms and means of car­to­gra­phic repre­sen­ta­ti­on and their effects.
— pos­si­ble con­se­quen­ces of pro­du­cing visi­bi­li­ty through map­ping exer­ci­s­es
— limits of the car­to­gra­phic method (car­to­gra­phic silen­ces, map­ping the non-mappable?)
— hier­ar­chies of repre­sen­ta­ti­on (e.g. cen­ter of the map, pro­jec­tion, ori­en­ta­ti­on).
— dif­fe­ren­tia­ti­on bet­ween ana­ly­sis of built envi­ron­ment and ana­ly­sis of urba­niza­ti­on pro­ces­ses;
— dif­fe­ren­tia­ti­on bet­ween tem­po­ral and spa­ti­al level of inter­pre­ta­ti­on
— legi­bi­li­ty of maps and reasonable den­si­ty of infor­ma­ti­on despi­te super­im­po­si­ti­on of dif­fe­rent levels of data

mapping the non-mappable