City intervention & Map design:
We think we know our city well. But is that even true?
We take it for granted to grab a city map when travel to another city. That piece of paper gives us everything we need to know before we set our foot. However, there is barely anybody who will look at the map of their own city.
As a team, we found this an intriguing fact. Therefore, we decided to collect data from the public and put them together. We designed to create a series of maps that includes various aspects of how people look at city Rotterdam instead of an official and objecive perspective. In this way, we would like to show a comprehensive group of personal perceptions on the city.
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VOL 1. Human senses
Our sense of hearing is one of the most highly developed of the senses, which enable us to communicate, to recognize danger, and to recall the memory. As we live and go somewhere in the city, we can achieve all the information and meaning ghrough our audio visual experience.
There are 12 places on the map, and we asked people to come up with sounds that represent each location. After the surveys' done, we recorded each sound in the city. And we made a "Rotterdam Playlist" that everyone can listen to when you scan the QR codes.
VOL 2. Urban Routines
On each location people were asked to draw a route. What we asked of people was not to do something defined but to interpret the task of drawing a route anyway they would want.
Some people drew the unique path they walked today, some drew the path they walked every day. These lines where bundled in a map of the personal routes taken in Rotterdam. This map eliminates the roads these people didn't take and even shows paths that follow no existing road in Rotterdam.
VOL 3. Relative distances
When traveling in a city you should know where everything is located to get through the day. You might know how long it takes to get through your own morning route and be clueless about ever wear else, but porportional map will quickly allow you to see how far everything is in relation to each other if you must go to an unfamiliar street.
To gather data about this our survey asked people to estimate how long it would take to walk to the 11 other locations. From this data a disproportional map was created to show how people collectively guess their city's appearance.
Sub.maps also have been placed in some public space such as libary, central station, theater and cafe.