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Mind Maps Urbanists 2012


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This is an exercise on unfolding especial dimensions of Urbanism. In this exercise, we explore SKILLS, TOOLS, VALUES, KNOWLEDGE and VALUES of the URBANIST, suing mind mapping techniques to discuss and expand our ideas.

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Mind Maps Urbanists 2012

  1. 1. Mind maps Urbanist Prepared by Roberto Rocco and Egbert Stolk Deparment of Urbanism, TU Delft Challenge(the(future
  2. 2. mind mapping urbanist at the very beginning of the course ar2u090 methodology for urbanism, we discuss different conceptions of what ‘urbanism’ might be. our students come from all over the world, and have been educated in different traditions of planning and design of the built environment. we must find commonalities and clarify differences.
  3. 3. mind mapping urbanist we do not offer a ‘definite’ definition of urbanism. After all, the discipline is in constant evolution, what with new knowledge being permanently incorporated to it, new challenges arising in a globalized and increasingly urban world and new arising technologies that help us find new questions to ask.
  4. 4. mind mapping urbanist rather, we propose a model where ‘urbanism’ is composed by different logics of enquiry that concur to form a wide field of knowledge on the built environment and its interrelationships with society.
  5. 5. AR2U090 Methodology for Urbanism *Logics of Enquiry In this exercise, you will need to ‘locate’ yourself inthe hypothetical triangle that composes URBANISM at TU Delft. According to your previous education and aspirations for the future, where would you be? Mark a cross inside the triangle and write your name and country of origin near that cross. Would you add another element to this geometrical form? Is it a polygon? A square? What other categories would you add, if any? Urbanism? Design Human Sciences Physical Sciences
  6. 6. urbanism this variety of perspectives can be seen in the organogram of the department of urbanism of the TUDelf. Each chair represents a research team which upholds a different combination of the areas of knowledge represented in the triangle.
  7. 7. urbanism this variety of perspectives can be seen in the organogram of the department of urbanism of the TU Delf. Each chair represents a research team which upholds a different combination of the areas of knowledge represented in the triangle.
  8. 8. OTB Chair: Urban an Regional Development Prof. Wil Zonneveld OTB Chair: Neighbourhood Change and Housing Prof. Maarten van Ham Chair: Cultural History & Design Prof. Eric Luiten Chair: Environmental Technology Prof. Arjan van Timmeren Section: Spatial Planning & Strategy Chair: Spatial Planning & Strategy Prof. Vincent Nadin Chair: URBANISM @ TU DELFT Chair: Landscape Architecture Prof. Dirk Sijmons Chair: Urban Design Prof. Henco Bekkering Chair: Theory & Methods Prof. Han Meyer Chair: The Why Factory Prof. Winy Maas Design & Politics Prof. Wouter Vanstiphout Section: Urban Design Section: Urban Landscape Organisational Tree of the Department of Urbanism, TU Delft, jan 2013 by Roberto Rocco
  9. 9. urbanism in order to discuss essential aspects of urbanism and the urbanist, we draw mind maps.
  10. 10. What’s a mind map? A mind map is a graphic representation of a brain storm. Around a central concept, participants must draw connected ideas organically, unfolding them as much as possible. It is a tool for structured yet creative communication and discussion among participants.
  11. 11. relationships graphically represented However, different from a brain storm, mind mapping offers the possibility to structure thought graphically and unfold concepts and ideas as much as possible. Because ideas are graphically represented, they can be discussed more thoroughly.
  12. 12. The ‘secret’ of mind mapping the ‘secret’ of mind mapping consists of the relationships constructed between concepts and ideas being unfolded and ‘spelled out’ explicitly. Drawing these relationships like the branches of a tree helps us visualize the organic relationship they have with each other.
  13. 13. Networks of concepts but ideas and concepts are not like the branches of a tree. they are arranged in networks of relationships. mind maps could look like more like spiderwebs.
  14. 14. relationship image and text drawing icons and avatars helps construct a better relationship between visual perception and intellectual understanding. images reinforce and complement text and vice-versa.
  15. 15. an exercise of vocabulary building one of the functions of mind mapping is to help students build up vocabulary to talk about ideas and concepts in english (the language of education at master level at tudelft).
  16. 16. in this particular mind mapping exercise, we discuss: • Skills • Values • Qualities • Tools and • Knowledge necessary to be a good “urbanist”
  17. 17. Values
  18. 18. Justice Social Justice is central to Urbanism
  19. 19. Courage?
  20. 20. Courage
  21. 21. Love!
  22. 22. A free, unbiased mind
  23. 23. Knowledge
  24. 24. Knowledge
  25. 25. Critical thinking is an essential part of higher education
  26. 26. Knowledge is useless without critical REFLECTION
  27. 27. Qualities
  28. 28. Skills
  29. 29. we think that drawing is a very important tool for communicati on in our domain
  30. 30. Tools
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