m#1 DECODING & INTERVENING THE EVERYDAY LIFE

“How many maps, in the descriptive or geographical sense, might be needed to deal exhaustively with a given space, to code and decode all its meanings and contents? It is doubtful whether a finite number can ever be given in answer to this sort of question. What we are most likely confronted with here is a sort of instant infinity, a situation reminiscent of a Mondrian painting. It is not only the codes — the map’s legend, the conventional signs of map-making and map-reading — that are liable to change, but also the objects represented, the lens through which they are viewed, and the scale used. The idea that a small number of map, or even a single (and singular) map might be sufficient can only apply in a specialized area of study whose own self-affirmation depends on isolation from its context”.

Lefebvre, H. (1992) Production of Space. Blackwell: Oxford (p. 85-86)

The aim of this module is (1) to introduce the basic notions and principles of urbanism to planning students while teaching different techniques of understanding urban space and its dynamics; and (2) to develop intervention proposals that change the ways in which the socio-spatial and spatio-economic relationships embedded within these urban spaces are structured. The module consists of three sub-modules.

You can reach Module 1 handout from this link.

3 study areas in Kadıköy & Moda

1/2000 basemap of the study area