The post about emotional geographies of Luca Rosati inspired me more reflectiones and it opened interesting avenues of research useful to this blog. I hope to develop them even professionally.

I remember the first post of this series: Geographies and emotional geographies of listening 1/3

In this “second episode” I add two other considerations they seem me interesting.

Luca Rosati, in his post, indicates the projects that have

“The goal of returning an emotional reading of the city itself”

the project Rome seen by the blind. Write stories in geography, for experiential map of the city.

When I read this title, I immediately remember me a lesson of my teacher prof. Guarrasi that, during his lecture, he gave us the task to draw a map. That is the route map that we each one walked each day to get from home to our University. He asked and advised us to use all our senses, that is not only the visual / decorative, it was the most obvious, but also the sense of smell, if we wanted to, and / or auditory. To illustrate what he meant, he told us of a phone call with a his friend who was blind who, in giving information about the location where they had appointment, the recently specified that, in that area, had been remade the road surface. The asphalt laid in the days before, in fact, produced a different sound than the asphalt used. This evidently produced and produces, in a blind, different feelings and thus different representations with respect to the vision of a single path.

For this reason I take pleasure with the post of Rosati and the bond that I found in the Information architecture and geography it seems more than obvious. Your representations to which way bind? If you were to draw the path you do from your home to work what thing draw? Try drawing your map, I guarantee you will be amazed at yourself for the lack or excessive detail of the map. If you want and if you give me permission, send me your map, I will publish it along with my Blog.

Who wants a hand to understand how you create a map refer to the post “A short guide to map user experience: what they are, what they do, how to do it” by Maria Cristina Lavazza, information architect and user experience design in love with participatory planning and of collaborative methods.

The second point is that, most of what is believed, one resorts to the ball auditory / sound to describe and reconstruct spaces. As stated on the site urbanexperience, to rebuild the city we make use of two instruments: the radio-walkshow and geoblog.

“The radio-walkshow well understood because they represent a response social and cultural inertia of television talk shows, are in fact opportunities for citizen participation rooted in areas which have always known and that, with our walking-nomadic conversations, can rediscover with another look. The radio transmission (with the system whisper used every day by tourists who flock to our city) can create situations surprising involvement, inviting people to talk that they would never dream of speaking in public. It uses technology ordinary in an extraordinary way, by creating situations of radio performance (with the help of smartphones through which to ‘listen’ repertoires sound relevant, with particular ideas and poetic narrative) fueled by the actions of local knowledge and performer. ”

And finally

“The geoblog allows you to display the paths that take place in the city, drawing a map experiential, and at the same time, welcoming comments and sharing on social media and the web platform www.urbanexperience.it”

In the next post I conclude the course (certainly not definitive) about emotional geographies. A path that is just the beginning of new research.

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