Mapping Landscapes in Transformation

Multidisciplinary Methods for Historical Analysis

Edited by Thomas Coomans, Bieke Cattoor, and Krista De Jonge

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The relational complexity of urban and rural landscapes in space and in time

The development of historical geographical information systems (HGIS) and other methods from the digital humanities have revolutionised historical research on cultural landscapes. Additionally, the opening up of increasingly diverse collections of source material, often incomplete and difficult to interpret, has led to methodologically innovative experiments. One of today’s major challenges, however, concerns the concepts and tools to be deployed for mapping processes of transformation—that is, interpreting and imagining the relational complexity of urban and rural landscapes, both in space and in time, at micro- and macro-scale.

Mapping Landscapes in Transformation gathers experts from different disciplines, active in the fields of historical geography, urban and landscape history, archaeology and heritage conservation. They are specialised in a wide variety of space-time contexts, including regions within Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and periods from antiquity to the 21st century.

Contributors: Karl Beelen (Karlsruhe IT), John Bintliff (Leiden University / Edinburgh University), Bieke Cattoor (TU Delft), Jill Desimini (Harvard University), Cecilia Furlan (TU Delft / KU Leuven), Ian Gregory and Christopher Donaldson (Lancaster University), Joanna Taylor (University of Manchester), Piraye Hacigüzeller, Frank Vermeulen and Devi Taelman (Ghent University), Ralf Vandam and Jeroen Poblome (KU Leuven), Reinout Klaarenbeek (KU Leuven), Sanne Maekelberg (KU Leuven), Steffen Nijhuis (TU Delft), Cristina Purcar (TU Cluj-Napoca), Changxue Shu (KU Leuven, FWO), Bram Vannieuwenhuyze (University of Amsterdam), May Yuan and Arlo McKee (University of Texas, Dallas)

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Mapping Landscapes in Transformation: Multidisciplinary Methods for Historical Analysis
Thomas Coomans, Bieke Cattoor & Krista De Jonge


1. Cartographic Grounds: The Temporal Cases
Jill Desimini

2. Data Friction: Mapping Strategies on a (Peri)urban Frontier, Chennai, India
Karl Beelen

3. Mapping and Design as Interrelated Processes: Constructing Space-Time Narratives
Bieke Cattoor

4. Mapping the Evolution of Designed Landscapes with GIS: Stourhead Landscape Garden as an Example
Steffen Nijhuis

5. Unfolding Wasteland: A Thick Mapping Approach to the Transformation of Charleroi’s Industrial Landscape
Cecilia Furlan

6. Photography, Railways and Landscape in Transylvania , Romania: Case Studies in Digital Humanities
Cristina Purcar


7. Mapping Archaeological Landscapes in Transformation: A Chaîne-Opératoire Approach
Piraye Hacıgüzeller, Jeroen Poblome, Devi Taelman, Ralf Vandam, Frank Vermeulen

8. A High-Resolution Multi-Scalar Approach for Micro-Mapping Historical Landscapes in Transition: A Case Study in Texas, USA
Arlo McKee, May Yuan

9. Pixels or Parcels? Parcel-Based Historical GIS and Digital Thematic Deconstruction as Tools for Studying Urban Development
Bram Vannieuwenhuyze

10. The Secularisation of Urban Space: Mapping the Afterlife of Religious Houses in Brussels, Antwerp and Bruges
Reinout Klaarenbeek

11. Mapping Through Space and Time: The Itinerary of Charles of Croÿ
Sanne Maekelberg

12. Landscape Appreciation in the English Lake District: A GIS Approach
Ian Gregory, Christopher Donaldson, Joanna E. Taylor

13. Digital Humanities and GIS for Chinese Architecture: A Methodological Experiment
Chang-Xue Shu


Mapping Historical Landscapes in Transformation : An Overview
John Bintliff

About the authors

Format: Edited volume - free ebook - PDF

376 pages

maps & graphs

ISBN: 9789461662835

Publication: June 19, 2019

Languages: English


Bieke Cattoor is tenure track professor of landscape architecture at the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft.
Krista De Jonge is professor of architectural history and head of the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering Science, KU Leuven.
Thomas Coomans is a full professor of architectural history at KU Leuven and program director of the POC Conservation of Monuments and Sites of the Faculty of Engineering Science.

‘The aim is to advance cartographic practices. Collectively, the essays make a major contribution to the literature. Most valuable is their variety, which range from conceptual/theoretical to methodological. Most essays focus on a project and discuss relevant applications in enough detail and with enough well-chosen illustrations that readers will gain an appreciation of the value of an approach.’ – Professor David J. Bodenhamer – IUPUI