Tufan, Aybüke
Maps have been primary representations of space for centuries and the traditional approaches in cartographic production have bounded mapping practices in a rigid, conventional, and scientific framework. Within that framework, the relationship between maps and urbanism was limited to the representative aspects of mapping to read the visible elements of geographies, regions, cities, and built environments. However, with the post-representative, post-structuralist and postmodern theories on maps and mapping, a diverse range of map definitions and mapping techniques have emerged. In practice, mapping became an experimental and experiential act that relates to artistic expressions, social constructions, and power structures. These paradigm shifts of the past few decades have been broadening the scope of mapping practices in urbanism, architecture, and landscape architecture. The study aims to elaborate on the instrumentalization of maps and mapping in urban design practices; beyond their conventional function as survey and analysis tools to understand the visible peculiarities of a site. Thus, the study approaches maps and mapping not only as the initial formalities that start urban planning and design processes mainly but as performances that provoke, test, unfold, and consequently develop planning and design outcomes. Considering the striking effect of the contemporary mapping theory, the study conducts a critical review of the urban design practices that involve maps and mappings throughout the urban design process. By focusing on the instrumentalization of mappings in the selected projects, the research aims to discover the productive and provocative merits of maps and mapping acts that shape the design and production of urban space. Thus, the research reveals how mapping practices structures end results (design by mapping) and how the end results become mappings by themselves (design as mapping).


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Citation Formats
A. Tufan, “MAPPING IN URBANISM: THE ROLE OF MAPS AND MAPPING IN URBAN DESIGN THINKING,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.