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Opdracht 1 – Praktijk

05/09/2011

Assignment 1:
Map the hidden places
Crosslab Minor, block 1

Monday 14:00 – 17:30 – 2e inbreiding

Hidden places are all around: in your city, in your neighborhood and even in your heart. There are spots you are rarely aware of, locations that host a secret. Bushes provide the wildlife with a habitat for living, forgotten backyards embrace the relicts of the past, countries with low banking transparency give shelter to tax evaders, and hidden directories collect web cookies from the browser to remember your navigation habits.

Obviously, hidden places are rare and hard to get to. But they are not invisible nor out of reach! So discover the hidden places in your immediate environment and look for the stories behind them. For your research, consider questions like: What do hidden places look like? Tranquility or chaos? Who or what is residing there? And what are the reasons? Is it a natural habitat or an artificial environment? Is the space limited to a single location or does it extend to multiple sites?

Document your research and then visualize the results. Aggregate data by collecting properties and analyze the information to identify clusters and relations. Plot your locations on a large-scale map. Then process the data into an atlas of at least 32 pages.

The timeframe for this assignment is 7 weeks (week 35 – week 44).

29.08.2011: assignment 1 (general introduction)
05.09.2011: assignment 1 (presentation case studies, research methods with search engine)
12.09.2011: assignment 1 (map symbols and terminology, concept review)
19.09.2011: assignment 1 (realization, individual talks)
26.09.2011: assignment 1 (realization, individual talks)
03.10.2011: projectweek
10.10.2011: guest lecture
17.10.2011: autumn break
24.10.2011: assignment 1 (realization, individual talks)
31.10.2011: assignment 1 (presentation block 1)

related inks:
http://9-eyes.com/
http://www.visualizing.org/
http://www.infosthetics.com/
http://eagereyes.org/
http://www.grootens.nl/

tools:
http://maps.google.com/
http://www.openstreetmap.org/

teaching goals:
Students will be trained to develop their analytic skills and to approach design problems conceptually. Critical thinking and careful research when dealing with huge amounts of data are important qualities that will be encouraged during the courses. Furthermore, students will learn how to handle different types of media and how to manage interdisciplinary questions. During the first assignment map visualizations will play a key role.

For grading you will have to deliver:
– a digital documentation of the research, preferably with a dataset of the hidden places
– a large-scale map
– a printed design proposal for an atlas of at least 32 pages

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