Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (GxABT)
Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (GxABT)

Cartes blanches : Entre récit et représentation

Balzamo, Pierre ULiège
Promotor(s) : Kandjee, Thierry ULiège
Date of defense : 17-Jan-2020 • Permalink :
Title : Cartes blanches : Entre récit et représentation
Translated title : [fr] Blank maps : between story and representation
Author : Balzamo, Pierre ULiège
Date of defense  : 17-Jan-2020
Advisor(s) : Kandjee, Thierry ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Gobbe, Emmanuelle ULiège
Bogaert, Jan ULiège
Jacques, Carine ULiège
Language : French
Number of pages : 163
Keywords : [en] Blanks maps. cartography, ING, informal spaces, landscape, territory, margin, street art, drug spaces, wasteland, informal garden, slum
Discipline(s) : Engineering, computing & technology > Architecture
Target public : Researchers
Professionals of domain
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master architecte paysagiste, à finalité spécialisée
Faculty: Master thesis of the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (GxABT)


[en] The IGN map, like many other maps of the territory, shows a world of lines and symbols. Each figure is associated with its definition, which is indicated in the legend. The legend lists the multitude of shapes and colours chosen by the authors of the map to create a portrait of the territory. Among them are numerous white spots, too large to be similar to the background of the map. Yet they blend in, camouflaged by the neutrality of the white that designates them. The legend, usually explicit, is then incomplete. There is no mention of these white areas. According to the map, the territory fades away, giving way to an empty and uniform flat area. To my knowledge, no such space has ever been encountered. Thus, the blanks on maps cannot be synonymous with spaces of «nothing».
To this day, these very cartographies are used by architects, town planners and landscape designers as a support for land use planning. In fact, the drawing they inspire is dictated by the various figures on the map. Dissolved in the uniformity of the background, the blanks go unnoticed. Unrepresented, they are consequently neglected in territorial reflections. Yet they are proving to be places where landscapes are reconquered and invented, spaces where spontaneous practices free themselves from rules and preconceived ideas.
This thesis thus aspires to identify the territorial realities specific to these white areas of the Parisian agglomeration, to decode their language, in order to propose an attempt of a cartographic methodology for white areas.



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