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New notational systems for urban situations, 2000, Rotterdam
together with:
published by:
010 Publishers, Rotterdam
graduation project Post. St-Joost, Breda
mapping public space

English edition
166 x 121 mm
214 pages
content In this project, relevant quantative information is combined with qualitative aspects of a street, in search of new forms of notation and visualisation of information. By utilising measurements, numbers, sketches, pictograms, diagrams, figurative analyses and reference images, the physical, invisible and abstract reality of the Bergweg is described. All the analysis and notations are bundled in the book, and can be seen as the equivalent of a literary essay regarding the contemporary street c.q. city. [i]\"In urban planning and architecture, the city is traditionally communicated in direct visual terms designed to express quantity. However, if we proceed from the city\'s users, it is more the qualitative data such as the impact on the senses that define the city\'s image. It is this other vision that takes centre stage in this book: here the image culture and functioning of the city are unravelled and visualized in a case study of a single street in North Rotterdam: Bergweg - literally, \'the way to the village of Hillegersberg\'. The book combines relevant quantitative aspects with qualitative ones and uses new forms of notation and visualizations of data, including an infographic dimension to supplement and enrich the conventional urban vocabulary. Basic data regarding the street are made not only visible but conceivable too. Tabulations, measurements, sketches, pictograms, diagrams, figurative analyses and impressionistic sketches chart the physical, invisible and also abstract reality of Bergweg. In so doing the book succeeds in forging a link between subjective and objective topographies, providing a topical slant to redefining the notion of city. Because of this new way of looking at things, this publication will serve graphic designers and certainly architects and urban planners as a shining example of how public space can be charted.\"[/i]

Notational systems for urban situations

Exhibition, 2000,
public space
together with:

participating artists and designers:
Art+Com, Bibo, Justin Bennett, Toine Horvers, Emma Kay, Daniel Libeskind, NEXT archiects, Frank van der Salm, Minke Themans and Edwin Zwakman

concept and curating an exhibition about notations and public space
TENT., Rotterdam year 2000 content In order to place the research and book in a context and to open the discussion regarding notational systems, an exhibition was curated around the emergence of the book. Work for the exhibition was selected based on the criteria; empirical investigation, relevant for the public domain, resulting in a notational system. In the exhibition the work of several artists, designers and architects was shown. Professionals who have a unique position in the field of investigating the urban surrounding and who have developed their own notational systems. [i]"Minke Themans curates an exhibition in TENT in which three books form the basis. These include, beside her own book the ‘Bergweg’, Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible City’ and the world famous ‘BauEntwurfsLehre’ by Ernst Neufert. These three books illustrate different manners for visualising the city, respectively on the basis of an inventory of quantities and qualitative phenomenon, on the basis of fantastical stories and on the basis of extreme standardisation."[/i] The exhibition begins with a matrix in which the results from the discussions with participants are notated. The matrix is comprised of three elements; the 'Bergweg', Italo Calvin’s 'Invisible Cities' and the 'Neufert , Bauentwurfslehre'. All the other works on exhibition are positioned within this matrix. GRAS Groningen year 2001 content Besides the exhibited work form the TENT exhibition, 'Het verbond ter bevordering' from the 'Stedelijk Welbevinden' organised 'sphere-meet' expeditions for the Groningen exhibition. Bert Boomsma, Ronald de Jong, Kandre OK and Jan Scheerhorn were asked to develop their own notational systems for reading the city.