Narrative spatial analytics (NSA) in urban landscape research and design

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This research investigates the condition of unbuilt spaces in urban areas that reside in the interim between previous use and not-yet-decided new development. These unbuilt spaces are considered as valuable in the context of urban landscape. In order to acknowledge the character and quality of unbuilt spaces, design and planning procedures need to incorporate new interpretative techniques. The proposed NSA method integrates three research-by-design techniques that enable landscape researchers/designers to broaden the scope of disciplinary research practice. The conducted research is interdisciplinary and stands in the intersection of two research fields in the context of scale—urban planning and architectural design. The aim of this research is to propose the new methodological apparatus, which offers a holistic view on the notion of territory in regard to the notion of scale. The analysis takes the position that small-scale architectural design procedures and methods also apply to the scale of the landscape—territory. The proposed method—Narrative Spatial Analytics (NSA)—is based on simultaneous design procedures in opposing scales, assuming the overall significance of simultaneous understanding of the territory and the site.

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Acknowledgements

This paper includes students’ work, which was created during the Elective course Architecture of Territory, led by the authors of this article, during the autumn semester of the academic year 2019/2020 at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture. The Elective course was part of a collaboration with Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, University of Banja Luka. The authors of this paper wish to acknowledge and thank students, for their hard effort and exceptional work during the elective course Architecture of Territory that is presented in this paper. The authors also wish to acknowledge and thank prof. Milica Topalović (design studio Architecture of Territory—ETH Zürich) for her guidance and expertise. The authors also want to thank prof. Ljiljana Došenović and asst. prof. Tanja Trkulja (elective studio Green Spaces of the Urban Landscape—Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, University of Banja Luka) for constructive collaboration conducted through our joint curriculum programs. The research was partially conducted as part of the curriculum accredited by University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture. Authors received no supplementary financial support for this research.

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Stamenović, P., Bulajić, Đ. Narrative spatial analytics (NSA) in urban landscape research and design. Urban Des Int (2021). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41289-020-00148-0

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Keywords

  • Narrative spatial analytics
  • Landscape architecture research methods
  • Narrative drawing
  • Analytical mapping
  • Architectural montage
  • Iterative design