Response to reading

Those readings demonstrate the value of mapping in the perspective of the geographer, landscape designer and urban planner, which give me a comprehensive way of learning to map.

Cosgrove demonstrated the basic approach to the cartographic either through a study of the “finished map” or the study of “survey” and “compilation”. Along with the development of cartographic, some representations are well acknowledged. For instance, Cosgrove pointed the concept of “shading” has “powerful moral connotations.”

Cosgrove mentioned McHarg's method, “the use of polygonal overlays to connect various landscape features.” It is a widespread but useful way nowadays that we as a designer, can understand our site through the different single lens, and then overlay them to discover new objects and form our new concepts.

James Corner, as a landscape architecture, also pointed the importance of mapping. He considered mapping or remapping is not to document tons of things neither to show the excellent graphics skills but to have “speculate,””Critique” and “Invention.” Through “gather, working, reworking, assembling, relating, revealing, sifting and speculating”, we can make much-disordered information into a little concise but straightforward information.

Within the book ”the agency of mapping”, there is one point of Corner which is sophisticated. A designer can show his concept by showing the information on the map that will lead what he wants. It is because the designer (the map maker) has a sense of “rhetorical nature” and personal creation and intention. In this context, his new invention comes.

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