Team: Gianpiero Venturini
Year: 2011

Situationists, Walter Benjamin and the medieval cartographers. Can be considered as three strategies for approaching the territory, at first glance, can be difficult to compare, considering that are part of three different epochs. Benjamin and the Situationists developed their theories during the same century, and part of their research have a clear theoretical connection; on the other hand the medieval Portulanos appear seven centuries before, by the hands of cartographers from various schools in the Mediterranean, and they develop over 3 centuries. There is a relationship far more intimate than the theories provided, something that activates communion and at the same time makes them unique, different from each other. There is a common denominator through which could be read three times under a single historical perspective, an encoding system common to the three that considers his way of relating to reality and its discovery. The three represent a turning point. On one side the Venetian cartographers introduces a totally new cartography, before the medievals there were trace of marine cartography like that. We should go to the Greeks or Romans to see something seemed. Walter Benjamin, with his personal way of reflecting on the city; but also his notes can be considered portolans, theoretical reflections on the metropolis. The Situationists, who are in a transition period, in which is present an interesting reflection on the moment of change was happening in the 60's as a harsh criticism of the Athens Charter. Three different ways of relating to the city, by one hand completely differents but at the same time with a lto of common point.

As a result, the three different views were to produce their own "portolans" of different kinds, but with the same goal: the discovery of non-dominated territories. A common aspect of all three is the need to investigate keeping the fields open: the freedom to add and change information is a common system to all three. Cartographies continuously evolving. As a final case, considering what we learned during the first part of the research we trying its application to a specific case, the neighborhood of Puerta del Angel and his relationship with the new Madrid-Rio project. The combination of the three systems studied, one more pragmatic, one theoretical and other more practical, combined with the city, are three systems that can be applied to the contemporary city to hypothesize a different way to read city aspects.

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