The Agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique and Invention – Vatsal Patel


The Agency of Mapping by James Corner focus on the optimizing revision of mapping practices. James corner is a landscape Architect who works approaches to landscape and urban designs. From his point of view mapping is effective tool in urban to get the idea of urban context and design principle.He gave the few idea and justification for mapping by giving an elements like layering, comparing to the reality, game board and rhizome. A comparison between Mercator’s projection of earth surface and Buck-minister’s fullerence Dymaxious projection reveals radically different spatial and socio political structure.

Some phenomena that can only achieve visibility through representation rather through direct experience. Graphically data is much more forward way rather than explaining verbally.Through mapping one can gather information, work on that, again  rework on it, after assembling data one can relate and can do progress on it. Mapping helps us in studying in detail where as planning helps for searching and exploring the present conditions.


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This website is a compilation of work done by students of INDUS University, Ahmedabad. The course was a two week long module where they engaged with mapping and unfloding the many layers of small public spaces in Ahmedabad city. This course was taught by Mansi Shah

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