Minke Themens: Bergweg : new national systems for urban situatio


Author: Themans~Minke
Publisher: 010 Publishers Rotterdam
Year: 2000
ISBN: 9064504016

Minke Themens, Bergweg : new notional systems for urban situations.

Paperback, English edition, 166 x 121 mm, 214 pages, (some folded)

In this project, relevant quantitive information is combined with qualitative aspects of a street, in search of new forms of notation and visualization of information. By utilising measurements, numbers, sketches, pictograms, diagrams, figurative analyses and reference images, the physical, invisible and abstract reality of the Bergweg Rotterdam is described. All the analysis and notations are bundled in the book, and can be seen as the equivalent of a literary essay regarding the contemporary street c.q. city. [i]”In urban planning and architecture, the city is traditionally communicated in direct visual terms designed to express quantity. However, if we proceed from the city’s users, it is more the qualitative data such as the impact on the senses that define the city’s image. It is this other vision that takes centre stage in this book: here the image culture and functioning of the city are unravelled and visualized in a case study of a single street in North Rotterdam: Bergweg – literally, ‘the way to the village of Hillegersberg’. The book combines relevant quantitative aspects with qualitative ones and uses new forms of notation and visualizations of data, including an infographic dimension to supplement and enrich the conventional urban vocabulary. Basic data regarding the street are made not only visible but conceivable too. Tabulations, measurements, sketches, pictograms, diagrams, figurative analyses and impressionistic sketches chart the physical, invisible and also abstract reality of Bergweg. In so doing the book succeeds in forging a link between subjective and objective topographies, providing a topical slant to redefining the notion of city. Because of this new way of looking at things, this publication will serve graphic designers and certainly architects and urban planners as a shining example of how public space can be charted.”[/i]

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