Walking is probably the best way to become familiar with a neighborhood. By memorising places, street names, sounds, scents you are drawing personal mental map and building it every time you are travelling in the city. Research on the influence GPS apps have on how we experience the city. For this we decided to find a park that was very close from our school – but without using any navigating system. Each of us had a different experience. We were documenting our trips and results were completely different. One of the interesting facts is that none of us took the route Google Maps suggested. My subjective map, was based on impressions and details which paid my attention. I knew the approximate direction, but the walk and turns depended on objects which intuitively grabbed attention. The length of the distance depended how many impressions I had during that walk. I was making brief sketches and pictures of details and directions (straight, left or right) to fix the route. Later on I’ve tried to structure this trip. I distinguished a few groups why I this object paid my attention. What were conclusions out of this trip? First of all, I had very good experience. It was the same effect as travelling. I could easily come back to the same place, because the map that remained in my head is very bright. Finally, it revealed that the map is something much more complex and valuable than grid of streets.
Here you can find full documentation of the project