Loop city workshop

Posted on 20 June 2004 in Conferences, Mapping, Mobility, Place, Social, Travel, Urbanism

Bill Hillier: Cities are movement economies

  • http://www.spacesyntax.com/

    In the city there are

  • space explorers: children, homeless, vendors, skateboarders,
  • space utilisers: commuters, workers,

    Two ways of looking at the city

  • exocentric: external, connected
  • egocentric: centred, point of view,

    Spatial organisation

  • Large, diverse research field.
  • Abler, Ronald Adams: ‘Spatial organisation: the geographer’s view

of the world’

Relative space

  • Expressing thematic data through spatial differentiation

    Scaling areas according to non-geographic data

  • Political maps based on size of army
  • Map of USA based on Elvis concerts

    Time space

  • Irina Vasiliev: ‘Design issues for mapping time’
  • Time as a way of measuring space (one conclusion: world is


Taxicab geography

  • Grid systems make diagonal movement problematic
  • There is study of movement in grid spaces, showing multiple optimum routes: a big L shape is the same distance as a zig-zag.
  • The grid is no longer in Euclidian space

    Social space

  • Philip Thiel: Spatial annotation methods

    John S. Adams:

  • Human geographer

    mapped human interaction over 1 day

  • vertical axis: time
  • horizontal axis: distance
  • made 3D diagrams of this multi-dimensional space, showing relative
  • distances travelled and communicated with over 1 day.

  • Social network maps

    Mental mapping

  • spatial representations of the brain or memory
  • In some ways the analysis by Lynch and others has failed, because
    they focused on trying to know everything about people’s mental
    maps of the city.

  • Richard Long: walking project

    Imagined cities

  • Norman Klein: History of forgetting
  • Fictional writers form mental models of cities
  • Calvino


  • Dietmar recreated the shape of LA by phoning people and asking
  • directions

  • PML maps

    Single parameter mapping

  • Boylan height maps: Denis Wood
  • Maps of Halloween lanterns in an area

    Multiple parameter mapping

  • Correlating space
  • Chernoff faces: iconographic representations of faces, with
  • expressions that map to different social conditions

  • Eugene Turner
  • Correlating socio-economic factors is common

    Mapping as a game

  • Raoul Bunschoten

    Narrowed the analysis of space down to very simple
    p rocedures

  • erasure
  • origination
  • transformation
  • migration
  • Mapped results as a synthesis?

    Photographic / media mapping

  • Tokyo Nobody
  • Images with text removed, replaced with a textmap
  • Text / image project… ?
  • Graffiti archaeology project
  • Time lapse as a tool: mapping crowds
  • Threshold linear key as a tool: RCA project…

    Diagrammatic / information mapping

  • Tufte
  • Information diagrams representing time, space, actions, events,

people, cause/effect etc.

Collaborative mapping

  • multiple authorship over shared themes


  • Presented her NY Green space project, in which access to green
    space is correlated with socio-economic factors. Refer to Social
    design notes weblog.

    Some ideas for mapping

  • Children’s tactile book: sandpaper for Asphalt, felt for grass.
  • Litter, sky cover, text, colours, people, edges, boundaries, nodes
  • Use gps and digital camera. Use a compass to always orient the
    camera to North, or relevant reference. Then map the space with
    textures or sky cover (down or up). Could make a great map.

  • A method for collaborative presentation might be to use a projector
    to trace physical space onto a wall or large open space, then to
    layer drawn annotations. A public presentation could be achieved by
    projecting digital data (photos, textures, movement) onto this
    annotated area, for interesting layered correlations.

  • Everyone has their own agenda when approaching a space: personal
    ways of looking, awareness, attractions and unnatractions. Could
    try to map what a space makes you think instantly, from one vantage
    point, or multiple, correlated vantage points.

  • Bluetooth mapping of devices. Our personal ‘Auras’ are becoming
    public and this might be useful for mapping.
    h3. What kind of data can we collect about the city and it’s usage,
    that is really reliable and plentiful? The audioscrobbler mapping
    example shows how really simple data can be mapped into
    extraordinary useful spatial representations, just because it’s
    high quality and plentiful.

  • Geographic data is potentially plentiful, because there is a lot of
  • effort put into mapping space.

  • What other things are mapped with effort, or easily?——-