mapping the ephemeral landscape

California College of Art Fall 2007

Often we see maps as static sources of information, delineating a street name or the boundaries of a building. In fact, our understanding of the city is largely shaped by ephemeral events. We read the street through cues like the number of people walking on the sidewalks, the sounds we hear, the conditions of the buildings, or the flyers posted on a corner. Can we consider mapping the city through its use patterns, rather than illustrating it as an assembly of static landmarks? As Landscape Architect, Michael Batty proposes, “Is it possible to conceive of cities as being clusters of ‘spatial events?” Mapping the Ephemeral Landscape examines strategies for mapping these spatial events.

(A four-week section of Ellen Babcock’s mapping class.)