About the Class

Buckminster Fuller, Dymaxion Map

Fall 2018 | Grad: NMDS 5223 + CRN 3654 | Undergrad: UURB 4223 + CRN 5636

Wednesdays 4 to 6:45pm | University Center, L106 (Lower Level)

Shannon Mattern | matterns@newschool.edu | office hours by appointment (write me!)

Course Assistant: Sarah Kontos, Candidate, MS Design and Urban Ecologies | konts832@newschool.edu

Maps reveal, delineate, verify, orient, navigate, anticipate, historicize, conceal, persuade, and, on occasion, even lie. From the earliest maps in cave paintings and on clay tablets, to the predictive climate visualizations and crime maps and mobile cartographic apps of today and tomorrow, maps have offered far more than an objective representation of a stable reality. In this hybrid theory-practice studio we’ll examine the past, present, and future – across myriad geographic and cultural contexts – of our techniques and technologies for mapping space and time. In the process, we’ll address various critical frameworks for analyzing the rhetorics, poetics, politics, and epistemologies of spatial and temporal maps. Throughout the semester we’ll also experiment with a variety of critical mapping tools and methods, from techniques of critical cartography to sensory mapping to time-lining, using both analog and digital approaches. Course requirements include: individual map critiques; lab exercises; and individual research-based, critical-creative “atlases” composed of at least five maps in a variety of formats.