Understanding Map Drawing

28.05.2015

In this lesson with Eve we focused on maps, studying exactly how communities were planned out in order to utilize the space and how the juxtaposition of roads, buildings etc. manipulated the space. 

We started firstly by just looking at simple artists work and how public spaces were manipulated to actually create a functional community. Following this, we were asked in groups of 5 to illustrate our idea of a perfect community, thus considering hobbies; education; fun; and ease of travelling through the city. It was important to us that all roads lead to the heart of the community (being a public park in this case), and also that shortcuts around the center of the community could be achieved to avoid congestion. This activity got us considering how designers would plan public outdoor space as opposed to just interior space.

Our idea of the perfect community. The community holds a lot of greenery and space, all roads lead to the heart of the city. There is shopping, eating, and activity facilities. Not far from the center is a beach, ideal for everybody really!
Our idea of the perfect community. The community holds a lot of greenery and space, all roads lead to the heart of the city. There is shopping, eating, and activity facilities. Not far from the center is a beach, ideal for everybody really!

In the same groups of five we were then asked to select an area in sheffield to go and study, we chose a small area just on Furnival street as we felt it held and arrayed many of the attributes which you would find in a community. In our groups we drew  the small area from a Birdseye view so we could see how there roads and buildings worked together, also documenting small details i.e. paths; greenery; benches.

This was our first map drawing as a group of our chosen area of Sheffield, it supports the idea of creating positive space, as all roads interlock and connect the area, making it a 'place'.
This was our first map drawing as a group of our chosen area of Sheffield, it supports the idea of creating positive space, as all roads interlock and connect the area, making it a ‘place’.
A more advanced drawing of our maps.
A more advanced drawing of our maps.
An example of another groups approach to map drawing. This group chose to really focus on the materials and textures found around Sheffield train station. The mixture of old and new around this area is fascinating, and shows the transformation of Sheffield into a young, vibrant new city.
An example of another groups approach to map drawing. This group chose to really focus on the materials and textures found around Sheffield train station. The mixture of old and new around this area is fascinating, and shows the transformation of Sheffield into a young, vibrant new city.
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