The Map of Maps
Design Research Unit (University of Dundee): Collage City
Instructors: Lorens Holm, Joseph Thurrott
9/2018 - 12/2018
The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Seeing the world is one thing while representing what has been seen is another. The transformation from the three-dimensional images, which are the objective outcome of the human brains processing of the visual images, to a two-dimensional graphic requires symbolizing, abstracting and simplifying.1 In this process of representation, people transfer from a street walker view to a “bird-eye-view”, delineating the city which human cannot see as a whole.
“Every time I describe a city, I am saying something about Venice.” 2As Italo Calvino writes in Invisible Cities, all the imaginary cities link back to individual memories of the cities. The hybrid collage cities are all representing Paris, although using the Forbidden City’s way of narrating.
1, Elliot, James., and British Library. The City in Maps: Urban Mapping to 1900. London: British Library, 1987.
2, Calvino, Italo. Invisible Cities. Vintage Classics. London: Vintage, 1997.
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