20 June 2011

The Agency of Mapping

1) Form / Ground maps seem to be what Corner describes as “tracings”. Can they be used as a “map” if you are describing something specific about the city/town? What kind of additional information transforms the “tracing” to a “map”?
2) Corner talks about mapping “space and time”, what has anyone done (in a studio) that effectively mapped “time”?
3) How do we properly find subjects to “map”? Are there always typical maps that are to be done? (ie circulation, traffic, solar) Or should the maps be project/program specific? Are maps the same as, similar to, or completely different than diagrams?
4) Is an abstract “map” a better map? Can you portray the information in a more instructional manner in lieu of just regurgitating information? Does the abstract map (more easily) help you develop new ideas from the same information being mapped?
5) Tufte seems to use what Corner describes as “tracings” to begin some of his maps (on page 42,43). He then adds some text to help explain the map to the viewer. Per Corners idea of what a map should do (learn something new from the information), is Tufte really mapping, or is he _________?

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