The Agency Of Mapping_Krishna Variya

James corner is a theorist and landscape architect, who developed urban planning and design of cities, and also design landscapes and buildings. He talk about mapping is particularly instrumental in the construing and constructing of lived space.

‘Make a map not a tracing!’ A map is more than tracing. What already exists is more than just the physical attributes of  topography, rivers, roads, buildings but includes natural processes, such as wind and sun; historical events and local stories; economic and legislative conditions; even political interests, regulatory mechanisms and programmatic structures. He talks about the agency of mapping use for construct map from a set of internal instruments, codes, techniques and conventions. He talks about Buckminster Fuller’s map, which has the surface of the globe into a flat surface, oriented ‘upwards’ to the north.

Here he explained the difference between reality and representation. The reality is that what is something already exist ‘landscape’ or ‘space’ and representation not to be copied, in which we do not take part. Science, like art, is not a copy of nature but a re-creation of here. Mapping is most important to show processes of gathering, working, reworking, assembling, relating, revealing, sifting and speculating.

He talks about different techniques to show map. One of them is layering: it is new development using in large scale plan, urban development, landscaping, etc. it is independent layer, which has one upon another layer. It is not to just show existing site or context but the complexity of the intended program of site. Sometime it makes good geometry. There are also different techniques like Drift, Game-board, rhizome, etc.


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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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