Mapping

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Jonathan Villaman
ARC3374
Site Planning and Engineering
Prof. Arthur Archer
01/13/12
Mapping
The author’s definition of mapping goes far and beyond the basic definition of the word. From the first sentence of his paper, James Corner sets up the reader and accurately introduces his intentions of redefining what mapping is; “Mapping is a fantastic cultural project, creating and building the world as much as measuring and describing it.”
The introductory paragraph mentions the “agency” of mapping. It is not until later in the reading that one begins to understand what is meant by the “agency”. The intentions become clearer once we define the term agency. The dictionary Merriam-Webster defines the operation as “the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power” and in an instrumentality sense: “a person or thing through which power is exerted or an end is achieved”. So as Mr. Corner later describes maps have an immense power over us, of how we view the world, what things are important to us, and in turn the maps we create have the power to guide us in certain direction, or from a certain point of view. At times Corner speaks about agency of mapping as if he feels that it should become a field of study as a whole, because of all the different elements that it envelopes; the study of natural processes and historical context to name a few. That the creation of a map should not be simply to record or trace.
A map is a collection of data that represents information gathered during mapping. According to Corner a map is much more than data about a location. A map speaks about what is important to the individual, to the city, to the country and culture. A map can express the feelings of a person towards a certain topic, how that person sees the world. A maps can be used to express views, experience of that individual. Fuller’s Dymaxion Airocean World Map…...

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