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Geo-Emotions Cartography: Immersive psychogeography lived experience

Format: Papers, RSD12, Topic: Learning & Education, Topic: Mapping & Modelling, Topic: Methods & Methodology

Christine Wacta

An AI approach for DE-coding subjective qualitative data into a quantitative system of information network

Geo-Emotions Cartography is a participatory mapping initiative that uses geospatial tools with AI capability to collect and spatialise the intangible activities of humans (traces-emotions-feedback). The collected data represents a layer of user-lived experiences missing in urban design processes and is necessary to improve the development of human-centred design solutions. This paper presents the pedagogical approach used in a human-centred design course—an entry-level undergraduate class in the Interior Architecture and Design school. The course activities are inspired by the psychogeography concept described by Guy-Ernest Debord (1956) in Théorie de la Dérive. While la dérive [the drift] involves a low-tech, playful-constructive behaviour by participants, with an awareness of psycho-geographical effects, the Geo-Emotions capture takes a novel approach of meshing objective, high-tech big-data with subjective, low-tech, ephemeral, loosely human data that is prone to individual bias, judgment, and opinion, i.e., personal-cultural-religious.

The proposal supports both city planning processes and the design of related systems—transportation, communication, and green infrastructure—with a qualitative human behavioural information system network. This pedagogical trial mirrors the systemic methods by weaving together tensions and contradictions, i.e., the result of human emotions, with science to cause the hidden attributes with their inherent relationships to emerge as complex systems for new research in human geography as subtopics of urban design. It further explores the gamified principles of la dérive theory and instils a constructivist-cognitive mindset in the students and participants. Through this process, the development of the systems of thoughts and understanding is driven by the student’s engagement with the community, and the individual’s efforts to understand one’s relationship to the environment results in cognitive development that creates a heightened collective learning experience shared back into the classroom. The students involved in this process have no prior experience with geospatial tools or analysis.

KEYWORDS: geo-community, geo-emotions-mapping, AI, system thinking, human ecology, collective intelligence

RSD TOPIC(S): Learning & Education, Mapping & Modelling, Methods & Methodology

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Author(s): Christine Wacta
Year: 2023
Title: Geo-Emotions Cartography: Immersive psychogeography lived experience
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/geo-emotions-psychogeography
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404