Cartographies of Hydrology

Type kurs Fordypningskurs
Emnekode ULF26
Institutt Institutt for urbanisme og landskap
Undervisningsspråk Engelsk
Semester og år Vår 2014
Studiepoeng 6
Maks studenter 15
Tilhørende kurs Studiokurs (24 sp)v
Kursansvarlig Internasjonal gjesteprofessor

Krav til forkunnskaper

Bestått grunnundervisning.
Kurset er åpent for studenter fra Master i arkitektur og Master i landskapsarkitektur

Tema

Cartographies of Hydrology
(complements the Water Urbanism to respond to Climate Change courses in Bergen and Ca Mau, Vietnam of 2013-14)

Læringsmål

Students shall know how
Cartographies of Hydrology is an advanced representation course. The course begins from the premise that mapping is a ‘tactical enterprise’ and builds upon James Corner’s notion of the ‘agency of mapping’ (Corner 1999) in the creation of new cartographic tools. Mapping is always subjective—never neutral—and both what is drawn and the manner in which qualitative, quantitative and geographical information and documentation is framed, scaled, gathered, reworked and assembled is a highly creative act. Far beyond mere description acting as a mirror to reality, interpretative mapping—often comprising of dense collages with diagrams, maps, photographs, quantitative data, etc.—reduces to an essence, reveals hidden potentials, discloses conditions for the emergence of new realities.
Cartographies of Hydrology will explore the means of representing cross-scalar systems and logics—from large-scale regions and territories (watersheds) to the natural and man-made systems of waterways, dikes, sluices, pump stations, embankments, etc.  Ultimately, the aim of such mappings and cartographies is to distil intrinsic logics and latent potentials and create new synergies between interdependent systems that (re)balance ecology, economy and socio-cultural values.
The course will produce a publication of interpretative cartographies of Ca Mau, Vietnam that traces the layered narratives of the landscape, its contested territories, mapped realities and eventually what if
 scenarios that offer resilience in the face of contemporary challenges. The course parallels the design studio. 
Format: The seminar has 3 components
1] Weekly lecture/ discussion sessions on cartographic concepts that focuses on the global legacy of interpretative mapping’s inherent capacity to (re)read and (re)write potentials in the interplay between water and urbanization logics of territories. Each week will explore a different global case study city/region to reveal different cartographic methods and how they reflect and the socio-cultural specificity of the locale. The course will also have sessions of invited guest lecturers. Punctual sessions will be used for larger discussion sessions (based on a literature review) and presentations by students work-in-progress.
2] Workshops on cartographic tools that provide a platform for exploration of advanced visualization techniques (for which guests will be invited). Exercises covered in sessions will align with themes introduced in lecture and discussion, and aim to expand and amplify student-driven independent research work.  Topics include:
3] An intensive mapping exercise that combines a wide range of tools and techniques in contemporary digital platforms with archival research and fieldwork methods, centered on the topical issue of the predictions of climate change and rising sea level. The last session of the course will have a final review of the work.
 

 to go beyond ‘descriptive’ mapping and come to interpretative mapping and projective cartography as a way to (re)read and (re)write landscapes and territories.

Innhold

Cartographies of Hydrology is an advanced representation course. The course begins from the premise that mapping is a ‘tactical enterprise’ and builds upon James Corner’s notion of the ‘agency of mapping’ (Corner 1999) in the creation of new cartographic tools. Mapping is always subjective—never neutral—and both what is drawn and the manner in which qualitative, quantitative and geographical information and documentation is framed, scaled, gathered, reworked and assembled is a highly creative act. Far beyond mere description acting as a mirror to reality, interpretative mapping—often comprising of dense collages with diagrams, maps, photographs, quantitative data, etc.—reduces to an essence, reveals hidden potentials, discloses conditions for the emergence of new realities.
Cartographies of Hydrology will explore the means of representing cross-scalar systems and logics—from large-scale regions and territories (watersheds) to the natural and man-made systems of waterways, dikes, sluices, pump stations, embankments, etc.  Ultimately, the aim of such mappings and cartographies is to distil intrinsic logics and latent potentials and create new synergies between interdependent systems that (re)balance ecology, economy and socio-cultural values.
The course will produce a publication of interpretative cartographies of Ca Mau, Vietnam that traces the layered narratives of the landscape, its contested territories, mapped realities and eventually what if
 scenarios that offer resilience in the face of contemporary challenges. The course parallels the design studio. 

Verktøy

Format: The seminar has 3 components
1] Weekly lecture/ discussion sessions on cartographic concepts that focuses on the global legacy of interpretative mapping’s inherent capacity to (re)read and (re)write potentials in the interplay between water and urbanization logics of territories. Each week will explore a different global case study city/region to reveal different cartographic methods and how they reflect and the socio-cultural specificity of the locale. The course will also have sessions of invited guest lecturers. Punctual sessions will be used for larger discussion sessions (based on a literature review) and presentations by students work-in-progress.
2] Workshops on cartographic tools that provide a platform for exploration of advanced visualization techniques (for which guests will be invited). Exercises covered in sessions will align with themes introduced in lecture and discussion, and aim to expand and amplify student-driven independent research work.  Topics include:
3] An intensive mapping exercise that combines a wide range of tools and techniques in contemporary digital platforms with archival research and fieldwork methods, centered on the topical issue of the predictions of climate change and rising sea level. The last session of the course will have a final review of the work.

Eksamen/vurdering

Kurset bedømmes til Bestått - Ikke bestått, jf. forskift for masterstudiene ved AHO § 6-14.

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