Concerning “cartographic thinking”

“Arguably the language of cartography and planning allows the political and aesthetic
problems of representation or ‘figuration’ to be given a more concrete cast, a rooting in
everyday life. Conversely, we should also be sensitive to the deeply ideological character
of textual metaphors projected onto urban space, which […] are features of the modern
abstraction of space. Beyond the contemplation of the ‘image’ of the city, mapping is
above all a practical task involving an individual’s successful, or unsuccessful,
negotiation of urban space.”

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