Student facilitator

Torino Design Capital
Complexity Maps
Design for the representation of places and communities
22nd July, 2008 > 29th July, 2008 - Turin & Pollenzo, Italy

Torino is a city on the move. The tradition forms of representation are obsolete or inadequate to depict the current reality and the dynamics in progress.

Project question
How can the city be made legible and comprehensible, understood as a complex organism and as a web of physical and social networks?

The urban territory is a system whose complexity is growing, in which a multitude of tangible and intangible flows (people, goods, information) stratify and interconnect.

Faced with all this, the traditional modes of mapping and representing the city appear entirely inadequate: the representations of the new physical and social networks, like that of their individual and collective life, are a new challenge for the design of communication. The representation of the phenomena demands the gradual abandonment of classical visual languages, i.e. of maps that lay their trust chiefly in the topological and geographical metaphor.

Overcoming these limits means building a new representation of the city: a collective vision capable of defining and visualising the new concept of urban space and, more in general, social spaces.

The theme, proposed in collaboration with the Urban Center Metropolitano of Torino, aims to produce visualisations in the form of diagrams and maps of relationships that induce a new way of viewing human-city interaction, and also useful for outlining new criteria for its development.

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This effort has been shared day after day with (in random order): Christian Nold, Jim Segers, Donato Ricci, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Giuseppe Vaccario, Andrew Ridge, Tom Ziora, Alica Horvathova, Federica Messina, Veronica Filice