“Geography is a system of classification, a mode of location, a site of collective national, cultural, linguistic and topographic histories.”
Irit Rogoff, Terra Infirma
How does a non-place take place?
‘Mapping’ is an ongoing investigation of lines, territories and forces which unfolds economic fluxes and urban plans apt to advertise and actualize new developments. This practice of ‘unbelonging location’ is constantly in the process of being formed, deconstructed and re-arranged. By showing the social milieux and the mental emplacements in new ways, the agency of mapping engages also a change in perceptual semiotics pregnant with social signficance and political potential. The links between regeneration projects, metropolitan hallucinations and counter-cartographies foster the critical dimension of geography – a theory of navigational principles and an arena of topographical layers of meaning. Consequently, if we understand the study of space relations as a critical and creative activity that opens up a fan of multiform productions and power relations, utopia – as the alleged chimera of space – may offer us an insight into the ambivalent world of urban development.
How do we map the interweaving dynamics of speculative regeneration plans and actual local conditions?
London Bridge Station Redevelopment Plan:
Elephant & Castle Master Regeneration Plan:
Moveflat Value Map:
Gumtree Elephant & Castle: