Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Schedule

Due to the cancellation of the field trip this week I have had to re-jigg the schedule for the rest of the semester. I want to make sure that we fit in some further discussion of readings and some field trips as well as setting aside time for individual tutorials on your project work. This is my current proposal, although for weeks 9 and 10 I still need to get confirmation.

Week 8 / 21 Sept
Please look at the following readings, choosing one that you read in depth, being prepared to discuss in relation to the questions:

De Certeau, M. (1984) Spatial Stories. From The Practice of everyday life. Berkely: University of California Press. 115-130. (Start at page 117, end at new section on page 122)
1- List the attributes on place and the attributes of space in terms of De Certeau's analysis.
2- What do stories do in terms of places and spaces?
3- Summarise the difference between maps and itineraries.
4- De Certeau identifies an important historical change in mapping practices. What is this change, why did it occur and why does De Certeau think it is important?

Wortham-Galvin, B.D. (2008) Mythologies of placemaking. Places: forum of design for the public realm. Vol. 20, No. 1. 32-39
1- Wortham-Galvin suggests a number of motives for the enactment of place. What are these? Locate some visual material of examples. (Hint, think advertising.)
2- What does the term tabula rasa mean? Why is this an important concept in terms of the example of North America that this author discusses?
3- Why does Wotham-Galvin think that shared myths of place are powerful and important? Why does this have implications for virtual and technologically mediated places?
4- Summarise the critique of New Urbanism given in this article. Find two other discussions of New Urbanism, one from a founder
of it and one from another commentator. What are their views?

Abrams, J. & Hall, P. (Eds.). (2006). Where/Abouts. From Else/where: mapping new cartographies of networks and territories. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Design Institute.
1- What key aspects of maps and or mapping does this author(s) discuss?
2 -Why do they consider mapping to be an important process?

NB* When copying images/texts make sure you reference the source.
The second part of the class can be used for individual tutorials.

Week 9 / 28 Sept
Project Twin Stream field trip (tbc)
Planning students are going on their own trip and cannot come to this class so as its is a small group we will organise to travel by car or train.

Week 10 / 5 October
"Your Are Here: mapping Auckland" field trip Auckland Museum (tbc)

Week 11 / 12 October
Group meeting exhibition design followed by individual tutorials

Week 12 / Crit week no class

Week 14 Exhibition - details TBC

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