En_The track of contagion is among the most effective global tools in response to the outbreak of coronavirus. Focusing on the emergence of medical topographies as firstly conceived in France at the end of the nineteenth century, then on the maps that J. Snow elaborated in England soon after, the article frames the birth of a system of knowledge that anticipates our contemporary surveillance culture. Referring to a largely unpublished corpus related to Paris, the main design interrelations between new concepts, urban policies, and designers are explored, focusing on the first design competition of the XX century, headed in 1904 by the Rothschild Foundation. In its second part, the article stretches how the current pandemic mapping evolves differently through the locative systems of contact tracing. That updates the seminal distinction stated by Deleuze and Guattari between map and tracing and leads to a forthcoming horizon where data, control, and techno-space are embedding in a shift underway concerning architectural and urban design.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||RI-VISTA. RICERCHE PER LA PROGETTAZIONE DEL PAESAGGIO|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|