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  • Design-oriented cartography as a practice of understanding, interpreting and negotiating urban landscapes.
    Sigrun Langner

    Designing urban landscapes can be analogised to navigating in a reefy sea. The complexity of today’s urban landscapes requires a design methodology that is able to work with existing interrelations and which moves in many small and reflexive ways. The metaphor of „navigation“ helps to describe such „correlative“ and „tactile“ design techniques in large-scale landscape design in more detail and precision.
    The main statement is that design-oriented cartography is an essential navigational technique for large-scale landscape design. With the aid of „design-mapping“ positioning and capability within urban landscapes and their complex interrelationships can be identified.
    Mapping strategies can be a helpful practice for reading and understanding the intrinsic logic of a landscape, for interpreting this logic, (re)formulating the existing and opening up perspectivesin order to negotiate possible futures for urban landscapes. It links the given conditions of an urban landscape with its possible future visions, combining the ‘re/source material’ of a region with feasible visions for its future.


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