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Composing cartographies of complexity

Composing cartographies of complexity

Wall, Edward Duncan (2019) Composing cartographies of complexity. In: Amoroso, Nadia, (ed.) Representing Landscapes: Analogue. Representing Landscapes . Routledge, pp. 5-6. ISBN 978-1351048880

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Landscapes are messy. They are ill-fitting, contradictory, dirty and used. Landscapes don’t look, smell, taste or feel how they are frequently represented in idealized landscape drawings. Instead the visceral dimensions of landscapes, that are the focus of issues such as human rights, environmental changes and urban development, expose, threaten and terrify as well as comfort, empower and inspire. And as we work with landscapes as designers we must employ a range of methods to research them, inventive approaches to analyse what we find and a range of tools to develop proposals and represent designs.

This chapter discusses a specific drawing that, in the Advanced Landscape Studio at University of Greenwich, we term a ‘base drawing’. The base drawing is a composite layered drawing, usually composed as a single-scaled plan or sectional elevation, which brings into close proximity contrasting landscape information. The aim of creating a base drawing is to recognise site-specific relations and issues that can be worked with as proposals. The base drawing is, therefore, a foundational composition, which we can develop during the design process, and that enables us to navigate from collecting and organising data, recognising issues and developing proposals.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: landscape, landscape architecture, drawing, mapping, cartographies
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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