PHASE 01:  CRITICAL MAPPING AS RESEARCH

The use of critical mapping, in conjunction with traditional modes of data collection and contextual research, as an analytic and projective instrument to reveal potential new Anthropocene-based discourse(s) concerning the past, current and future conditions of the Missouri Mines Historic Site and the surrounding Old Lead Belt region. Implicit to this study is an understanding that the physical form of landscapes is a reflection of larger social ideologies, cultural trends and economic contexts across the trajectory of time (i.e. history). As such, temporal conditions and shifting paradigms can be discovered through data collection and examination. Examination, through paradigmatic criteria and mapping begets analysis of the physical, political, social, and economic landscape; they will be apparent in their expression/suppression through organization of systems of infrastructure and regulation, built form and spatial organization, typology and experience. For example, the division of property and attendant markings of those divisions, the hierarchy or lack thereof of public and private space or land uses, the presence of infrastructure across time, changes in density and distribution networks, all communicate the existence of dominant hegemonic paradigms. You will find that paradigms are interrelated and there are no discrete boundaries to the paradigms. As such, there are rarely discrete boundaries to a “site”. Analysis will require spatial investigation and mapping beyond the site boundaries, across paradigms and across time though discursive analysis and critical thinking.

“The agency of mapping is most effective when its capacity for description also sets the conditions for new eidetic and physical worlds to emerge. Unlike tracings, which propagate redundancies, mappings discover new worlds within past and present ones; they inaugurate new grounds upon the hidden traces of a living context.”
— JAMES CORNER, Field Operations “The Agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique and Invention” in “MAPPINGS”, Denis Cosgrove, ed. (1999)
 

DESCRIPTION

As James Corner notes, mapping has agency as an eidetic operation to reveal new conditions- both past and present- and to establish or reveal new territories of critical practice. Thus, critical mapping may serve as a research strategy to examine the Anthropocene landscape and uncover new conceptualizations of the landscape and potential programmatic trajectories.  Similar to the onset of a project within professional practice, Phase 01 is the rapid immersion into the project site conditions and context so as to identify and establish operational knowledge of and familiarity with the social, physical, political, and other influences on the project in both time and space. In the case of our studio project, we will utilize critical mapping to uncover existing and historic systems and processes, through the lens of the Anthropocene, so as to critically examine and identify potential project trajectories. 

 

Your work commences with the contextual research of Missouri Mines Historic Site and the surrounding Old Lead Belt. This research will be conducted through the lens of the emerging Anthropocene paradigm. As an emerging paradigm that dissolves previous ontological boundaries, the Anthropocene now opens new conceptions of landscape and landscape process and new territories of human agency.  Your work will resist simple mapping of traditional, pre-determined information of the “site” (streets, topography, etc).  Rather, you will utilize critical mapping as a research tool to examine and visualize the “site” through a lens of global change and an emerging Anthropocene lexicon.  The research will identify current trends, policies and issues and will lead to a class catalog of visualizations that are representative of histroic, current and future site and contextual issues. Your work is both active research of contextual information and data regarding the site location as well as the creative synthesis and representation of this information in cartographic and infographic formats.  

 

Working individually, select a minimum of three Anthropocene lexicon research themes from the list below to use as a discursive lens in your research. Utilize the three themes and the associated readings as the initial point of departure for your research, including the Anthropocene Lexicon paper due at the end of the week.  In addition to the readings, you will need to research, gather and distill pertinent site and regionally-specific data and develop a conceptual strategy to visually communicate the research findings, inter-relationships among research topics and representation of spatial or temporal conditions and systems.  Consider how the issues are inter-related and operate at a range of scales, including site and regional scales and the surrounding contextual territories.  So as to consider landscape change, you should consider and visually represent how various research themes have changed over time.

Note- be strategic in your research themes and select themes that are potentially of professional interest to you. The readings provided should be considered an initial point of departure and an opportunity to become familiar with recent scholarship.

 

PHASE 01_ANTHROPOCENE RESEARCH THEMES+LEXICON

  1. FLUVIAL NETWORKS
  2. ANTHROPOGENIC GEOMORPHOLOGIES and URBAN NOVEL STRATA  
  3. HYDROSOCIAL CYCLE
  4. NOVEL ECOSYSTEMS
  5. ANTHROMES and URBANIZATION TRANSECTS
  6. NOVEL SEDIMENTARY ENVIRONMENTS and STRUCTURES
  7. MATERIAL EXTRACTION and MIGRATION
  8. LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS and LOGISTICS
  9. POSTNATURAL HISTORY and POST-ENVIRONMENTALISM
  10. WILD(life)
  11. GEOTOURISM and POST-INDUSTRAL TOURISM
  12. (anthro)BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES and FLOWS
  13. LANDSCAPE PHYSIOGRPAHY and DISTURBANCE
  14. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
  15. SETTLEMENT AND DWELLING

 

Phase 01_Work Products

1) Anthropocene Lexicon paper- based on a combination of the 09/07 discussion, the Anthropocene readings and your interests in landscape architecture, select and briefly discuss three socio-ecological issues or trends of the Anthropocene that you anticipate being the basis for your research in Phase 01. Submit a one page, 8.5×11 single spaced narrative discussion.  No bullet points. PDF format.  Post to Google Drive/Submittals/Phase 01-Anthropocene Lexicon no later than 1pm, Friday September 9


2) Projective Mapping- based on your research, prepare a cartographic projection of the thematic issues that are the subject of your research. The projection will be both investigation and discourse and will thus be both representational and generative. The projection should be an assemblage of various data sources and utilize various scalar projections (section, plan view, aerial birdseye); raster and vector techniques, various types of image formats and color indices to suggest visual hierarchy and consistent theme. The maps should be annotated with essential labels, symbols, etc. and citations should be provided. 24×36 poster, landscape orientation. Both PDF and print versions will be required for final.  Post PDF to Google Drive.

 

PHASE 01_SCHEDULE

0907: Course Introduction and Phase 01 start  

0909: Anthropocene Lexicon paper due. Mini-lecture 01: Critical Mapping lecture and discussion. Site base map needs. 

0912: Work Session

0914: Progress review.

0916: Work Session. UMN|LA 50th Open Studio. Peter Walker lecture (required)

0919: Mini-lecture 02: Theory and Discourse, including post-keynote discussion. Work Session. 

0921: Work Session.

0923: Phase 01 presentations.  

 

PHASE 01_SUGGESTED READINGS and references

Critical Mapping Suggested Readings:

Berger, Alan. "Reclaiming the American West", from Praxis, Journal of Writing and Building, Issue 4: Landscape, Amanda Reeser  and Ashley Schafer eds. 2002

Corner, James. "The Agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique, Invention", from Mappings, Denis Cosgrove ed. (London: Reaktion, 1999) 

Wood, Denis and James Fels. "The Natures of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of the Natural World" from The Natures of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of the Natural World (University of Chicago Press.2008).

Matterns, Shannon. "Deep Mapping the Media City" from Deep Mapping the Media City (University of Minnesota Press.2015).

 

Critical Mapping References:

Bhatia, Neeraj, and Jurgen Mayer. Arium: Weather and Architecture. (Ostfildern: Germany: Hatje Cantz.2010). 

Bourquin, N., S. Ehmann, R. Klanten and F. van Heerden. Data Flow: Visualizing Information in Graphic Design (Berlin: Die Gestalten Verlag, 2008)

Bourquin, N., S. Ehmann, R. Klanten and T. Tissot. Data Flow 2: Visualizing Information in Graphic Design (Berlin: Die Gestalten Verlag, 2010)

Carlisle, Stephanie and Nicholas Pevzner. "The Performative Ground: Rediscovering The Deep Section" in Scenario Journal 2: Performance. 2012

Corner, James. 2000. Taking Measures Across the American Landscape. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Cosgrove, Denis, ed. Mappings (London: Reaktion, 1999).

Crampton, Jeremy.  “Maps: A Perverse Sense of the Unseemly” in Mappings: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS (Chichester: Wiley Blackwell 2010).

Density Atlas http://densityatlas.org/

Dodge, Martin. Rethinking Maps: New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory (New York: Routledge, 2009)

Hall, Peter. “Critical Visualization” in Design and the Elastic Mind (MOMA 2007).

Harley, J.B. “Maps, Knowledge, and Power” in The Iconography of the Landscape edited by D. Cosgrove and S.Daniels (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988): 277-312.

Hobbs, Robert. Mark Lombardi: Global Networks. (New York: Independent Curators International, 2003).

Kwinter, Sanford. “The Genealogy of Models: the Hammer and the Song”, Any 23: Diagram Work, (Fall 1998) No. 23. MVRDV. 1999. Metacity/Datatown. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: 010 Publishers.

Manning, Lauren. "Visualizing Information" in Scenario Journal 1: Landscape Urbanism. 2011.  

Monmonier, Mark S. How to Lie with Maps (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991)

MVRDV. 1999. Farmax. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: 010 Publishers.

MVRDV. 2006. KM3: Excursions on Capacity. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: 010 Publishers. Ratti, Carlo, et al. 2010. MIT Senseable City Lab. http://senseable.mit.edu/.

Next City- Sprawl Project http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/city-gifs-us-city-sprawled-city-growth

Rankin, Bill. http://www.radicalcartography.net (2011)

Rebuild By Design HUD Competition http://www.rebuildbydesign.org/

Sadler, Simon. ‘A Passion for Maps’ in The Situationist City (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998): 81-89.

Studer, Meg. "NaCl: Operations Enabling Emptiness" in Scenario Journal 3: Rethinking Infrastructure. 2013

Studer, Meg. http://www.siteations.com/

Tufte, Edward. 2001. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.

White, Mason, and Lola Sheppard. 2010. Infranet Lab.  http://infranetlab.org/lab/project

Wood, Denis. “The Power of Maps” and “The Interest is Embodied in the Map in Signs and Myths” in The Power of Maps (The Guilford Press. 1992).