CREATING SUSTAINABLE URBAN LANDSCAPES: MAPPING WITH PLACEMAKER
Free (open access)
Volume 2 (2007), Issue 2
184 - 204
The new urban features are not easily identiﬁable and cannot be easily represented through traditional cartography and tools of representation. In order to explain such new sites and give new terms, several researchers have tested new methodologies, maps, multimedia images, hypertext and software that can render this com- plexity and permit readability. Starting from those premises, the aim of this study, carried out in the framework of a convention between Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and Dipartimento di Progettazione Urbana e di Urbanistica, Università di Napoli Federico II, is to illustrate new methodological approaches for analysing and representing contemporary urban landscapes. In particular, in the context of the complex–sensitive approach and PlaceMaker method of analysis, a new software tool, currently under development, is presented. The PlaceMaker method identiﬁes the elements of the urban landscape which contribute to the identiﬁcation of places and are able to inﬂuence the cultural and sustainable city construction; such elements and the complexity of the places are represented in a complex map. Experimentation of the method has shown the necessity of the proposed PlaceMaker software tool, which is able to support the collection and management of a multimedia database, the implementation of the phases of PlaceMaker method, the construction of the interactive complex map, and the calculation of indices useful for the project of sustainable urban landscapes.
complex mapping, contemporary urban transformations, multimedia software, PlaceMaker, sustainable urban landscapes.