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