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Map-making as a walking-based spatial practice in architecture

Özcivanoğlu, Sonat
The assumption of this study is that the perception of space is dependent on the particularities of a specific location altering with time-variables and subjective experience. With the epistemological paradigm shift by the twentieth century, the concept of space as a homogeneous three-dimensional quantity which can be divided into repetitive units has been challenged by the heterogeneous conception of space-time generated by the bodies in movement. Considering the temporal and experiential aspects of space, it is claimed that the conventional modes of architectural representation need to be multiplied in terms of seeing and depicting the field. Defining map as a tool emerges in-situ to describe the field as exposed to map-makers’ mode of questioning, this study proposes the walking-based practices of map-making as an investigation and representation tool of the distinct spatial experiences. The study focuses on in-situ maps as representations of the perceptive and sensory experience of the field. The ways map-making becomes a critical tool of spatial representation when embodied in walking acts are unpacked throughout the study. It is the claim of this thesis that through the investigation of walking-based practices of map-making in terms of -making acts and map-use, a generative toolset of in-situ map-making can be obtained. This thesis has 3 outcomes: a framework to identify the map-making acts and map-features, a generative toolset enriched by decomposing in-situ maps serving varying interests, personal in-situ maps produced using the toolset and decomposition of these maps. The toolset proposed in this thesis is neither a finished end-product nor prescriptive/proscriptive as the scientific definition of map-making; instead, it can be enriched through new map-makings and map-readings. The provided modes and acts of representing the presence can be multiplied, adopted, deconstructed, and reconstructed in a unique way for different contexts.