Arts as a Tool to Investigate the Commons

Jan Rothuizen investigates how certain activities of drawing contribute to the understanding of urban situations such as the commons, by addressing also layers of history and of use. He will explain his intentions with his well-known project of producing soft-maps of a broad range of urban and private places. He will expand these explorations with a reflection upon other drawing practices of architects, artists and graphic designers.

Jan Rothuizen is an artist living in Amsterdam. His drawings, the so-called soft-maps, are widely published and exhibited, as for instance in his book The Soft Atlas of Amsterdam (2014).