During my Master of Architecture course at the Bartlett, one of the techniques I used to examine London was to consistently switch between objective and subjective criteria in studying the same area.
So I followed the Quantitative Geographies with a project to record the selected areas of London in ways that could not be captured by objective measurement, and instead gathered qualitative data.
The system was again examined through a series of walks, and images were gathered of the particular contexts of each node. These were used to build a subjective representation of each locale, which was then brought together in the qualitative representations of the place in these images.
The information gathered via the Qualitative Geographies was used to create a series of engraved plates. These exist both as physical artifacts and as a platform for the mediation of their content. The intent is to embody qualitative aspects of their surroundings on the plates, bring them into material dialog with the contexts they represent.
The relationship between the physical mark made on the object, whether initially or upon re-exposure to the world, and its re-propagation as media opened the process to a feedback loop of information, a kind of “data patina” that evokes the deep connections between locale and our consciousness; ala Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.