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Ce qui fait lieu : vers une éthique chorographique

Abstract : As societies and as individuals, we make the places where we live, and in return, these places make us. Just like our body and mind, place forms part of our being. To be situated is axiomatic of our existence, and the conditions that make places live able coincide with the human condition itself. In our work, we have aimed to question what makes place, by exploring a series of principles that found it as a notion. Perilous notion indeed, insofar as the act of generalization that study implies is at odds with the fact that each place is irreducibly singular, geographically situated, unlike any other. If one might envisage a place as if it were a person, such a place constitutes, for each individual and group involved with it, an eminently personal affair. Multifaceted, a « jumble », a place imposes upon us both spatially, through its morphological features, and socially, as a complex composed of narratives, issues and situations. Its representation necessitates the application of both visual and textual means of expression. Taking all this into account, we have based our argument upon a cartographic discipline, chorography, which was exercised in Classical antiquity, resuscitated during the Renaissance and since forgotten. Chorography involves the study of a place in all its details, the objective being to expose its singular nature. An art and a science, we believe that this ancient discipline should be brought up to date, that it is of particular pertinence for dealing with what we perceive as being a crisis of place. Part of our work has consisted in the experimentation of an interactive mapping of Greater Paris
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Joseph Rabie. Ce qui fait lieu : vers une éthique chorographique. Architecture, aménagement de l'espace. Université Paris-Est, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017PESC1241⟩. ⟨tel-01866713⟩



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