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UE U : Cartography

AR-476

Lecturer(s) :

Maçães E Costa Bárbara

Language:

English

Withdrawal

It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Remark

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Summary

This course teaches a cartographic method for reading and representing systems of environmental relations in architecture.

Content

The ongoing ecological crisis reframes the common binary opposition between architecture and landscape. The environment is not a scenery or a container of natural resources, and architecture is not a collection of objects floating in a vacuum. Buildings and landscapes construct each other dialectically.

 

Maps are technologies of land occupation, management and subdivision. They shape scientific hypotheses, organize political and military power, limit the boundaries of private property, and reflect mental conceptions about landscape and non-human nature. Throughout Western modernity, land surveys mediated the capitalist production of environment, its uneven geographies, and the global distribution of accumulation and disposession.

 

Lingering in the 'trauma' of modern 'totalitarianisms', architecture has provided little more than isolated solutions for the environmental question, often stated in purely technical or aesthetic terms. Expanding commodification to the deepest recesses of life, capitalism has largely subsumed spatial production to the realization of profit, and architecture to the creation of self-referrencial objects. In reaction to this, UE U: Cartography proposes a mapping method for reembedding buildings within their environments.

 

The main assignment of this course will be to map an existing housing project. This map should reveal the territorial structures, social relations, and ideological constructs mediated by that building, seen as an environmental totality.

 

 

Sessions
(subject to changes due to the coronavirus pandemic)

 

1_18/09: The Production of Environment
Cartography and the Inside/Outside Divide 

 

2_25/09: Drawing Methods I
Line, Surface, Dot, Color

 

3_2/10: Drawing Methods II
Field trip to the Geneva botanical gardens

 

4_9/10: Mapping Methods
Frame, Layer, System, Figure

 

5_16/10: Environmental Figures
Gardens, Grids, Ecosystems

 

6_23/10: Environmental Thresholds
Body, Architecture, Territory

 

7_30/11: Environmental Politics
Class, Race, Gender, Species

 

8_6/11: Mid-term Pin-Up

 

9_13/11: Guest Lecture with Faiq Mari, ETHZ
Stone Geographies in Palestine

 

10_20/11: Guest Lecture with Nitin Bathla, ETHZ
Cinema as Sensory Cartography

 

11_27/11: Roundtable Discussion

 

12_4/12: Final Pin-up

Keywords

Cartography, architecture, drawing, environmental aesthetics, political ecology.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Teaching methods

Theoretical content will be provided through a series of lectures, and ractical assignments will be assisted by weekly desk critiques and intermediate reviews. Classes will occasionally include the close reading of historical maps and the analysis of texts and films on cartography, landscape and environmental politics. Special focus will be given to hand drawing, and AI, CAD and GIS assistance may happen uppon request. The final submittal will consist of all the work produced during the semester.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment.
Intermediate exercises and desk critiques: 40% of grade.
Review of final work: 50% of grade.
Visual Journal: 10% of grade.

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants No
Forum No

Resources

Bibliography

Ressources en bibliothèque
Websites
Moodle Link

In the programs

    • Semester
       Fall
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      4
    • Subject examined
      UE U : Cartography
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 12 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 12 weeks
    • Semester
       Fall
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      4
    • Subject examined
      UE U : Cartography
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 12 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 12 weeks
  • AR Exchange, 2020-2021, Autumn semester
    • Semester
       Fall
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      4
    • Subject examined
      UE U : Cartography
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 12 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 12 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14    AAC114
14-15    
15-16    
16-17    AAC114
17-18    
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German