Maps are visual tools for thinking about the world at many scales. They shape scientific hypotheses, organize political and military power, limit the boundaries of private property, and reflect cultural ideas about landscape and non-human nature. To the extent that our world-views inform our perceptions, maps have the power to actually make the territories they represent. Throughout Western modernity, Cartesian perspectives traced the world with respect to a fixed human subject position, while God's-eye views surveyed the land from an abstract, elevated "nowhere." Cartography became the enterprise concerned with the analysis and measurement of the res extensa, that is, the management of nature as resource and neutral background for man's actions and architectures. In today's context of ecological crisis, UE U: Cartography aims to promote ways of seeing the land that convey a decentering of this human-architectural sovereignty. Mapping environmental objects of study (be it a building, a lake, a mangrove or an industrial valley) cartography becomes a device to see architecture as environment making and unmaking — as the disruptive collection of actions that build and destroy our organized forms of life.
- Professor: Barbara Maçães E Costa