Friday, 28 October 2011

Ideas on social vs. geographical maps/ boundaries between them

Parag Khanna lecture, TED.Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.

-Do we live in a borderless world?
-There is no borders, just connected spaces and unconnected spaces.
-Basic political geography. How do we distribute ourselves around the world?
-1945: there was 100 nations. 1989: +50. Today: 200 countries.
-Geopolitics is a very unsentimental discipline. It's constantly morphing and changing the world, like climate change. And like our relationship with ecosystem we're always searching equillibrium in how we devide ourselves across the planet. Now we fear changes on the maps. We fear civil wars, death tolls, having to learn the names of new countries.

Standards of the place.

The idea of indispensible borders is everywhere.
Borders themselves represent the presence of something physically absent, an essentially mental construct that occurs at the meeting point of differing ideologies.
Mental maps of the territories constructed through habital usage.

How people move and interact in space according to boundaries?
Vertical map view in relation to the physical user circulation.
Internal migration.
Step migration.
High density districts.
London postal district.
Land subdivision.

An amazing website I found: powerty & modern maps in comparison: city borders clashing with social levels of cities?

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