Looking for the "Implicit Project" in Detroit Linwood district

Authors: Antonio Lista*, Urbs et Ager
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Planning Geography
Keywords: Cultural cartography, planning, cualitative polls
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 43
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This paper exposes the achievements and failures after ten years developing our own methodology in Cultural Mapping by following the postulates of renowned Italian geographer Giussepe Dematteis about “il Progetto implicito”, that is, the search for a planning project that theorically “is hided” on every place.

In the first part, the developed methodology is briefly exposed. It is based on traditional open-ended questions, whose answers are transferred to urban scale cartography with the intention of defining guidelines as specific as possible. The importance of the fact that interviewers should being as close as possible to the interviewees is highlighted as a key for the whole system.

The second part explains the job done in Linwood district in Detroit in association with a local organization, and having as a reference for planning the rich urban Heritage of this area. It is discussed whether a local look to possible planning has really been achieved, and the options of putting it into practice

It finishes with some brief conclusions about the future possibilities of the method and its application to other places.

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