The first age: The Initial Mapping of Battir (2003-2007 and 2007 until November 2011)
Implemented in a pioneering spirit, this study has been managed by a team of professionals, without any support from institutions related to geographic information. Palestinian urban-architects, Italian anthropologists and other trades have been able to reproduce exactly what specifically characterises the “Civilian mapping”.
By completing the so-called “Base Map” – namely the map of the territory from the measurement of the field and the analysis of its objects at the 1:1 scale –, they offered access to the same quality of information to each citizen, whoever he was, wherever he was located in the works perimeter.
Topographical-scales maps, generated from those measurements by generalization, enable an in- depth reading of this territory and its intermingling issues.
This is, to this day, unique in the Middle East.
This civic experiment is unprecedented in the history of the world: its data belongs to the citizens of Battir, State of Palestine.
The topographic maps offer the correct reading distance of a space on the border line of times. Here, the team committed at the Battir Landscape Ecomuseum until November 2011, offered us to read with accuracy 5000 years of our world history, to share 12Km2 of data collected about 80 different topics, measured, interpreted, organized to be studied, prioritized by theme correlated with one another, represented to speak to us.
The next 20 maps and Landscape interpretations are a part of this initial mapping production (Battir Landscape Ecomuseum, 2007-2011)