Spatial Codes (created in July 2015) is a platform for analysing the correlation between graphic design and urban space. The concept of this blog is based on a sociological theory of space. According to the theory of relational models of space, everything is determined by its order or arrangement of its entities. By analyzing the process of cognition, memory and perception of those, space and societal structures and dynamics can be recognized. In order to understand cities, urban spaces and their dynamics we have to learn to see how these entities receive and use their environment. Also we believe that every space has its visual language. This language underlies certain codes which seem self-evident to its users but irretraceable for outsiders. But even for most of its users this language is intransparent although they are able to use it. The true power of civic environments embraces when every user is able to decode the visual language and be than an active part of his or her (urban) environment. In order to understand and use each environment one has to educate his or her perception. The analysis is based on the visual documentation of spatial codes. Within this process of documenting, categories will be formulated which mainly have the function to crystallize relationships.


Danielle Rosales & Robin Coenen