Monday, January 7, 2013

Sunday, December 23, 2012

TEST #08

In this map I wanted to explore the concept of non-being-places. Normally we orient ourselves first of all by locating ourselves on a map, then the map makes sense. It's all about where you are. But what if we change that point, what if your first reference is always a place where you are not, what if you locate yourself using the distance between this place and you?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sunday, December 9, 2012


For a good many years,  researchers in the  field of reading and linguistics approached the problem of the acquisition of knowledge from printed symbols with the idea that meaning was  assembled on a unit-by-unit basis  in linear sequence.  One began with small units,  such as letters  and words,  and then built up to  the larger units of sentences and paragraphs.

But while this view has been essentially discarded,  a  replacement has not yet been completely worked out.  A new view does  see the  eye-brain interaction as  not necessarily linear,  but rather complex,  and utilizing processes that allow the  apprehension of the visual stimuli of printed text at  several levels simultaneously.  Meaning seems  to  come  from an all-at-once grasp of the  relation of the  stimulus  to  the  reader's previous knowledge  structures,  rather than from a bit-by-bit build up.  We have  all had the  experience of glancing at a paragraph or page in order to  quickly derive meaning,  with no  recollection whatever of individual letters,  words, or sentences.  Meaning goes beyond particular forms.



A comment  made by Bertrand Russell made me think; "Scientific knowledge  aims  at being wholly impersonal and tries  to  state  what has been discovered by the  collective intellect of mankind. It is important for cartographers to understand this distinction between individual and  collective  intellect."

This time the challenge was to destroy this old division between individual and collective intellect. I want to generate a map made by the perception of a collective but mixing it with my own subjective point of view. First I generate my own perceptive map, one thing of Milan that catches my attention  is that in every corner it have a gate. I want to make a personal map of that gates and mix with the collective information. In order to construct a first collective perception of the places I use digital tools as Google AdwordsGephiCytoscape and I start analizing phisical places as if it were virtual places, by number of likes, searchs and virtual visitors.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


The growth of monocentric cities, such as Milano, through ever-growing radial rings, is thought and described mainly as a centrifugal process. It brings a radial shapes to the maps. The external boundaries of the city, suddenly became unrecognizable, are the object and the main issue in the debate on its expansion.  To describe its nature, the term “endless city” has been invented. Using destruction as a constructive agent here, we can see how the rings can bring a full new geography to the city.

Monday, December 3, 2012


Cupola della Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Friday, November 30, 2012

TEST #04

One of the excercise we did in order to understand how the people percive the city, was ask different people to draw how they concive Milan in a basic scheme on a book. After looking all these shapes I wanted to create a shape that could cover all of them, found a mother shape that can describe the visual collective perception of the city.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TEST #03

Bertrand Russell puts it this way: The  first thing to  notice  is  that different senses have different  spaces.  The  space  of sight  is  quite  different from the  space  of touch;  it is  only by experience  in  infancy that we  learn to  correlate  them. The  one space  into which both kinds  of  sensations  fit is  an  intellectual construction,  not a  datum.

After reading this words I start researching about how you can mix the cartographics maps I had done before with this new way to see the space. How was posible to isolate the different space sense in a graphic way.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Places

Psychogeography, in the words of Guy Debord, is "the study of the precise laws and the exact effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, based on their direct influence on the emotions and behavior of individuals". Thus, for the father of situationism, there are sad and happy places, as leading to atheist or monotheist places. This claim invite me to generate new ways to make cartography as a way to explain this concepts.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

TEST #02

The meaning of maps  is  consequential spatial arrangement;  it  is  the  fact that objects  isolated in real perceptual experience are not important. Cartographers are not concerned with the nature of objects per se,  but rather with a particular set of relations  among those  objects.  The  reader must  reconstruct  these  relations  in his mind for the map to  have meaning.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

TEST #01

It is  difficult to  "picture" knowledge if it indeed lacks form as this  conception suggests.  Yet a  simple  cartographic  illustration of how knowledge exists without  specific  form should clarify the  situation.  ¥e may know where certain places  are,  or  how certain areas  are  arranged,  even though we have not  actually seen them and have only derived such knowledge from maps.  Yet  if we were asked to escribe the  graphic characteristics of  the maps from which we derived the knowledge, it  is unlikely that we would be able to  recall line weights,  type  styles,  or  colors. Yet we know the relations that were depicted,  regardless of the form of the original marks.  Once we  assimilated those marks and converted them into tacit knowledge, they lost their form.  However,  we  can retain the relations of interest to us,  that is,  the  structures of the maps from which they were obtained.

Barbara Petchenik,Cognition in Cartography, Newberry Library

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012