MAPPING PROJECT

This project is based on a coursework by Prof. Paul Adams at the Univesity of Texas, Austin and Martin Dodge. It is designed to study the range of spaces a person enters (physically or virtually) on a daily basis. How would you map your activity space, that is, the space in which you experience the world and are an active participant in the world?

Mapping movement space


Start with a physical map of your locale: Carleton, Northfield, or the Twin Cities, for example. Every place you regularly go could be marked, as well as the paths you regularly take. These should form some kind of network with nodes. In addition, there are places you go on a regular basis (say once a month) that are outside of Northfield, like the homes of your parents, relatives, or friends. Maybe you go hiking or fishing from time to time. To map these paths at the same scale would mean using a huge piece of paper or else shrinking the Northfield part of the map until it was too small to understand. So probably two or more maps at different scales will be needed to show the places you regularly go. These collectively display your movement space.

When mapping your movement space, pay particular attention to all the visible digital infrastructure:
phones
bank ATMs
surveillance cameras
speeding / red-light cameras
satellite dishes
microwave dishes
mobile phone antennas
digital bus information screens
wireless networks

Mapping communication space


Still, there is a major portion of your activity space that is missing. You regularly learn of events outside your movement space. How do you do this? Communications of all sorts are the key to this part of your activity space. Create a map showing the places you regularly communicate with via phone, e-mail, or conventional letters. These form a kind of distanciated interactive activity space. These are places you interact with, so they are part of your activity space.

Also, you regularly pay attention to at least certain kinds of news: sports news, science news, political news, etc. Consider carefully what kinds of places have been in your awareness to a significant degree over the past summer and map these as part of your distanciated sensory space. You may want to draw more than one map if you feel that your involvement in distant places via the media takes more than one distinct form (e.g. sports interest and political interest).

Describing your daily routine


In a text that will accompany these images, describe your daily routine and how you weave together different spatial scales through movement and communication, to form a single, unified activity space. Try to elucidate the connections between direct and indirect communication in your narrative. This written portion must include references to all readings scheduled from xx through xx. In particular, address the topics of public and private space.

Final format


Here is a simple example of what the project could look like:

http://www.utexas.edu/depts/grg/adams/356T/proj2example.htm

Your initial maps can be hand drawn, but eventually they should be web accessible. You can use GIS, photoshop, PDPal or any number of methods. See links in Resources.