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Diathesis Lab
Supervisor: Emanuela Casti

Diathesis cartographic Lab is a research and innovation centre studying cartographic systems from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. It tests a cartography that brings back the social dimensiono f territory, leaving behind topographic metrics. Its name, diathesis, evokes such perspective: indeed, thanks to the flexibility of Greek language, it indicates the Strabo's "geographic description" involving the acception of "organization" (disposition, order) as well as "idea" (concept, quality), recalling the complexity of a social representation of space. And that's not enough. The preposition "δια" indicates movement, crossing and causality, inseparable characteristics of contemporary world.

The research

The research areas concern:
  • Theoretical - methodological in order to produce a cartography stressing topological spatiality. Through the potentialities offered by WebGIS, maps represent an experimental field for the promotion of subjects and landscape. At different scale, through anamorphosis with bi-dimensional and tri-dimensional systems, and analogic and digital codes, it is possible to retrieve the plurality of actors (participative cartography, open mapping), the social dimension f places (cartography of landscape), territorial relational ties (cartography of movement) and identitarian valorization (interactive and multimedia cartography)

  • participation: it aims at investigating good practices in order to implement a governance in line with globalization processes, but focused on the local communitarian dimension. The meaning assumed by the concept of citizenship appears strictly connected with the belonging to a network of territories. Practical fields of research have concerned so far territorial governance, shared environmental management, urban planning

  • movement: it concerns geographic analysis and cartographic representation of mobility in any of its forms, from migration and diaspora to tourism. So far it has been analyzed the migration system in Bergamo (African immigration, Chinese diaspora, emigration of Bergamo inhabitants) and it is currently being carried out a study on low cost mobility in relation with new forms of network tourism. The results are presented through bi-dimensional and tri-dimensional cartography and are published in the collection edited by the lab "Atlante".

  • environmental conservation and landscape promotion: this research area investigates territorial organization and social values of peoples living in proximity with protected areas. We produce cartographic systems for environmental protection that take into account the knowledge of traditional societies. The application context includes the African region, in particular: protected areas of Morocco, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mozambique

  • urban renewal: it provides theoretical and methodological support to interventions of soil restitution through the recovery of neglected areas. The analyses involve map-based communicative tools (3d mapping e sensible).

Territory investigations, applied to different territorial areas (from rural African zones to urban European contexts), are carried out through a research methodology elaborated within the lab and called SIGAP strategy (Geographic Information System for Protected Areas/Participative Actions) that involves the use of cartographic systems at any step of the research.

The research projects are carried out through collaborations with public and private institutions and organizations at local, national and international level.