Cognitive Mapping Exercise | Day 1

Which spaces/places matter for you the most, and how are they spatially connected?

Mapping (Cognitive Mapping) helps to get access to interpretations of symbolic structures of the city (Greverus 1972, 1994). One can understand a map as “legible notes”. Mapping helps to get access to the spatial and social structures of the urban fabric and carve out the meaningful spaces and places of districts and neighborhoods as well as your own blind spots. 

As Prof. Kanishka Goonewardena stated during his talk: “Everybody is a cognitive mapper. We were overcame the boundaries of drawing and did exercises in the workshop on cognitive mapping. The outcome is as varied as the perception of the city. Cognitive mapping, however, gives us a chance to get access to the spatial ideas and connections we might have in mind while thinking about specific meaningful spaces or places and their different layers and intersections.

Posted by:Dr. Carolin Genz

Dr. Carolin Genz is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Department for Cultural and Social Geography at the Humboldt-University and Research Associate in the Collaborative Research Centre 1265 "Re-Figuration of Spaces" in the project area "Knowledge of Space" at Technische Universtität Berlin. As an urban anthropologist in the intersecting fields of social anthropology, human geography, and urban studies, she constantly develops ethnographic methods to capture the socio-spatial constitution of urban practices. Her research focuses on spatial theory and practices of resistance, housing, and gender.

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