Project 04.1: Mapping & Networks

March 20, 2013

Introduction

If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a minotaur.
- Pablo Picasso

As a visual representation of a given territory, a map communicates more than just distance and location. Maps reveal relationships between places, people, objects and ideas. They are not confined as studies of static places, but carry the potential to narrate changes and experiences in space over time. Students will be introduced to various methods of mapping, including 2D and 3D methods and be challenged to consider the following questions: How can you layer multiple sets of information in the same map? What is the relationship between a map and a territory? What level of resolution is appropriate for your observations? How can you use these methods to create new kinds of mapping that describe your observations?

Objectives
Nestled within a city are districts, composed of villages and subsequently of buildings, and joined by roads and routes. In this project, you will explore the role of a map and “mapping” on the level of the district of a city through the study of a given BTS station at various scales. Initially, the map will be used as the foundation of the study, where you will conduct a site analysis using digital modeling tools and methods of interpolating information from simple geographic information.

After creating a digital model from existing given and found information, you will make a site visit to check the “alignment” or “misalignment” of your initial model, editing and enriching the model through a studies at different scales. In the latter parts of the project, you will be accumulating different types of data, including photographic documentation and recording changes over time (such as traffic patterns or light quality), on the same map, to create a composition of layered information and networks. Each successive study be conducted within within the assigned radius encircling the a BTS station. Zooming in within this radius will allow for a more precise study of temporal qualities as well as the specificities of form, relative scale, use, and infrastructure.

Download project brief as .pdf file
Link to a google map with 250 meter radius about selected BTS stations in Bangkok.