Louisa Schmolke

Envisaging the city as an evolutional process which bears visible traces of earlier forms echoes qualities of a multi-layered palimpsest. By employing the analogy that the city can be read as a sequence of time periods, an innovative method of site analysis could arise. This body of work explores the analogy of a palimpsest as a methodology for ‘reading’ and interpreting the physical layers which form a site. The analogy will be tangibly explored through the superimposition of nine historic maps of Mons, which realise the city as it could be read, imagining past and present combined. Five historic maps from a selected site in Mons will be analysed by extracting intangible elements such as route, access and permeability, imagining how the site may have been used historically. This process would ideally result in a responsive architectural strategy.

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