Session 9

9. Mapping as an Applied Spatial Research Method for Urban Landscape Design and Planning

The urban landscape is an entangled, relational process of the production of space composed of physical forms, organizational systems, and humans. Rather than being a fixed entity it is continually forming and undergoing small shifts in its organization that may have broader ramifications. The urban dynamics accompanied by a transformation of space and social relations call for scientific support. The socio-spatial and Spatio-temporal problems arising in the urban environments require a spatial method approach. Applied spatial research methods focus on exploring, responding to, or investigating particular urban problems rather than generalizing knowledge. Mapping as an explorative analytical tool has been used as a method to understand the visible and invisible spatial, temporal, social, and material aspects of the urban landscape, as well as discovering nuances that contribute to the debate of potentialities and possibilities. The process of mapping can take various approaches such as artistic or digitized explorative and analytical gestures of individual/group participation and co-production. If mapping was once seen as a top-down neutral objective representation of the real world, today, maps are done in collective and bottom-up approaches like participatory or cognitive mapping processes. Techniques such as sketching mental maps, collaging, counter-mapping, land-use maps, space syntax, machine learning, urban sensing, urban computing, etc. are relevant and widely used by planners and designers to visualize spatial data towards the improvement of planning, design, and governance. The results can be qualitative and quantitative and can be used for both theory building and applied research. This session intends to explore a wide range of mapping techniques that are used as generative methods for the process of urban landscape planning and design. We, therefore, invite papers that present case studies or tools of applied mapping methods. How can mapping as an explorative qualitative and quantitative method aid in the intelligent gathering of information, to better understand the entangled social-spatial processes that create its physical forms and organization systems that continue to govern urban landscapes? How to combine the interplay of objective and subjective mapping data for urban landscape? What are the main challenges related to the analysis, organization, presentation, and visualization of mapping data?