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FOTO PLANO

INTERVENIDO

From the collective map to the cultural map:


a semiotic analysis of place awareness
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MAPPING WORKSHOPS
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A methodology for collecting first hand material to analyse the cultural codes that
determine place awareness and valuation.

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HYPOTHESIS
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Cultural codes

Place
awareness
& valuation

Sense of
community

Change of
habits
(Waste
separation)

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THE TERRITORY
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THE SUBJECT OF STUDY


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13 faculties
One of these 13:

5 undergraduate studies
Sociology / Political Sciences / Social Work
Communication Sciences / Human Resources

25.000 students
2.000 lecturers
@unfernandezmas

300 employees

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4,66 KM SEPARATES THE TWO BUILDINGS


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DURING STUDENTS OCCUPATION OF THE BUILDING (2010)


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Twenty years. Nothing to celebrate

Word game: Edificando edificio edificante =


Building up an uplifting building

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THE MAIN DEMAND: A SINGLE BUILDING = UN EDIFICIO NICO


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MAPPING ICONOGRAPHY

Icons associated with space


More
More action
Places to
issues
frequented
spaces

places

improve. What
to do there?

Staying
places

Quiet places

Places promoting
community
integration

Favourite
places

Good
surprising
places/things

Emblematic
places

Meeting
points

Bad
surprising
places/things

Institutional

Potential
conflicts

Place
associated
memories/anecd
otes

Missing/lack
of things

Explicit
conflicts

Relevant
actions or

(emotional)

containment/supp
ort

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THE SINGLE BUILDING: EDIFICIO NICO

Santiago
del
Estero
wing

FOTO PLANO
San Jos
INTERVENIDO
wing

Humberto
Primo
wing

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PATHWAY 1: POTENCIAL CONFLICT

Hallways and
emergency exit
occupied by
students
political groups
stands

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PATHWAY 2: NEGATIVE SURPRISING THINGS

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Co nfusin
m
clas sroo in t he
g
n
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r
e
b
m
u
n
e
h
t
f
o
s
n ew pa rt It is
.
bu ilding
t
u
b
l
a
i
t
en
not sequ
e
h
t
n
i
d
repea te

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PATHWAY 3: PLACES TO IMPROVE

a
Entrance open are
(conversdromo =
uld
talking-drome) co
t
be a meeting poin
o
for the Faculty t
its
h
t
i
w
h
c
u
o
t
n
i
t
ge
surrounding

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PATHWAY 4: MISSING/LACK OF THINGS

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a
n
o
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t
u
t
i
The in st
s
k
c
a
l
g
n
pl anni
wer
s
n
a
o
t
vis ion
y
t
i
n
u
m
m
o
to th e c
needs.

Example:
students
study or
Finally,
or in an
the next

meeting points for


to work in groups,
just stay.
they sit on the floor
empty classroom until
lecture
begins.
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2015 (Ximena Tobi).

PATHWAY 5: ACTION VS QUIET PLACES

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n
a
h
c
g
n
stro
a
on
s
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s
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r
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:
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n
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w
ally
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s
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between
d
n
isy a
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n
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h
t
del
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a
from
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t
n
a
ed S
t
a
n
and
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m
m
a
l
t
a
c
con
e
o th
t
g
n
i
w
ing
s
a
Estero
e
l
p
y
uall
s
i
v
t
e
i
and
qu

s
o
J
n
Sa
wings of
Primo.

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CODE: POWER STRUGGLE IN SPACE


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Occupying places shows preeminence (hallways and halls full of signs


of political activity groups). It is a concrete and permanent power
manifestation in opposition to the volatility of words.
The classroom numbers repetition in the new building wings shows the
institutional will to separate instead of unify the space, trying to keep the
visual contamination only in the old wing.

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CODE: INSTITUTIONAL
ABSENCE. THE DOOR IS OPEN
BUT THERE IS NO HOST

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The Faculty is under-communicated; it is not visible beyond the


structure (classrooms), except when brought to life by lecturers and
students during classes.
Teaching is the basic Faculty purpose, even though there are many
other institutional activities that remain in the dark for most of the public.
The building lacks symbolic and physical space to communicate them.

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PRELIMINARY CONCLUSION
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Cultural codes

Place
awareness
& valuation

Power struggle in
space

The building as a
space of dispute.

Institutional
absence: the door is
open but there is no
host

Positive valuation
arise only in
comparison with
previous buildings.

Sense of
community

Belonging
(emotional) ties are
stablished among
groups of interest.
The institution is just
a provider.

Change of
habits
(Waste
separation)
Challenge.
Each actors
significant
interlocutors should
communicate them
the institutional
awareness
messages.

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TAKE AWAYS
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Collective mapping as a user centric methodology to

collect voices and viewpoints.


The way that individuals interact with places and objects
is determined by their symbolic dimensions.
This methodology could be applied to study user
interaction in shopping malls, hospitals,
neighborhoods
Semiotics complements qualitative research to reveal
layers of meaning, working below patterns of action
and attitudes.

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Thank you!
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Acknowledgments / Special
thanks to:

Daniela Bruno - Communication


Sciences Academic Secretary FSoc UBA 2012-2013.
@ximetobi
Alejandro Rascovn
ximena@semioticastudio.c
Mara Elena Bitonte
Christian Dodaro
om
Pablo Hernndez & Gustavo
Quintana
Diego Dufau
Victoria Tatcheva.
at
Ximena Diaz Alarcn & Ramiro
Fernndez
Florencia Rossi, Karla Gngora
Sebastin Carenzo
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