My idea was not only to collect mental maps of Vauxhall, but also to combine these mental maps with real world map data to “interpolate,” or in a way, to fill the white spots of the mental maps with data of the realities. I was hoping to gain with these mashup maps new insights in terms how people “see” Vauxhall e.g.: how is the space order around them? are there things they would like to change? What is important for them?
Benedikt asked residents of Vauxhall to draw maps of their neighborhood, then matched the mental and real world maps with the tools he wrote. Here’s the result:
While not visually spectacular, Benedikt’s project lays the groundwork for reexamining how we interact with, remember and represent large urban areas. With more development, the implications for urban planning, retail placement, transport and public policy could be huge.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Love this: German Designer Benedikt Groß on Making Mental Maps Manifest via/ @PSFK
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