Mapping the urban condition in the digital age: map stories from Beijing, China

Authors: Wen Lin*, Newcastle University
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Cartography, Urban Geography
Keywords: Digital mapping, critical GIS, urban transformation, everyday experience, China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Ambassador Ballroom, Omni, West
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In this paper, I would like to investigate the mapping practices involved in a book project entitled ‘A little bit of Beijing’ by the Drawing Architecture Studio. This award-winning book project documents urban spaces in detail through three areas in Beijing with intricate, meticulous and artistic diagrams at the building level, accompanied by images, texts, and comic strips. These creative ways of documenting urban spaces embody broader socio-economic and technological transformations such as the rapid urbanization process as well as the availability of location-aware devices for data collection. Meanwhile, they might provide new spaces of mapping, imagining, and perhaps furthermore, recreating urban spaces in relation to everyday experiences. Informed by research in critical cartography and GIS and urban geography, this article aims to provide a detailed account of such mapping practices and research into associated implications on representation of urban transformation and experience.

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