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Incomplete cartographies: a methodology for unfinished landscapes

Incomplete cartographies: a methodology for unfinished landscapes

Wall, Ed (2017) Incomplete cartographies: a methodology for unfinished landscapes. OASE: Journal for Architecture, 98. pp. 109-115. ISSN 0169-6238

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In the opening essay to Exquisite Corpse (1991) Michael Sorkin describes the parlour game Consequences, which was adapted by the Surrealists to create cadavres exquis, as ‘maddening, slippery concatenation’ (1991:5). Players would sequentially contribute to complex drawings, where on each turn of the game new additions to the cadavres exquis would be directed by rules or by seeing part of the previous player’s contribution. As a student studying under Sorkin I was fascinated by an urban design exercise that he instructed that required the transfer of partially complete models between colleagues. Witnessing other students interpreting and then adding to what became composite collective city models raised questions of control, ownership and authorship. This paper describes a technique of creating incomplete cartographies as open-ended co-authored mappings that span site-based research and design projections. I describe how incomplete cartographies can direct the exploration and speculation of landscapes by combining divergent accounts of places to form complex site-specific narratives that open up potential designs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: landscape, landscape architecture, mapping, cartographies, pedagogy
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2020 22:18

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