The ‘Analogue City’: Mapping and Acting in Antwerp’s Digital Geographies

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The ‘Analogue City’: Mapping and Acting in Antwerp’s Digital Geographies


  • Chiara Cavalieri LOCI-SST, UCLouvain, Belgium
  • Michael Stas Department of Urbanism and Landscape, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway
  • Marcelo Rovira Torres Independent Researcher, Sweden


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Abstract:  This article discusses digital geographies by tracing, mapping, and revealing a series of spaces bounded by a multiplex digital infrastructure. By proposing ‘descriptivism’ as a complementary approach to digital mapping, this work discloses the city of Antwerp as the intertwining of visible and invisible networks. The ‘Analogue City’ is the title of both a design workshop and of a collective act of mapping that progressively reveals the city of Antwerp as a set of different spaces of information flows. By engaging the notion of mapping as object and practice, this work describes the production of a multi-scale and multi-space representation, as a process of collective and performative cartography. Through the combination of different scales, spaces, and mapping techniques, the city of Antwerp is unfolded as the result of security, mobility, and social networks. As a mapping operation, the ‘Analogue City’ is a threefold object: (a) an interactive, intentionally large map; (b) a series of mapping interventions throughout the city; and ultimately (c) a temporary exhibition.

Keywords:  Analogue City; Antwerp; description; digital skin; mapping; performative cartographies

Published:   15 December 2020


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v5i4.3426


© Chiara Cavalieri, Michael Stas, Marcelo Rovira Torres. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.