Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Chorography is a natural qualities and behavior of a people, an enigmatic character able to picture the world, that write things without knowing the consequence.
Titus 2010

Ptolemy claims that chorography requires the skills of a draftsman or artist rather than those of a scientist. Chorography is writing that creates complex and unexpected relations from and within a matrix of the autobiographical writing subject.

Chorography (from χῶρος khōros; “place” + γράφειν graphein, “writing”) is a term deriving from the writings of the ancient geographer Ptolemy. In his text of the Geographia (second century CE), Ptolemy writes that geography is the study of the entire world or large sections or countries of it, while chorography is the study of its smaller parts–provinces, regions, cities, or ports.

Ptolemy implicitly would include the making of views (not simply maps of small regions) in this category, since he claims that chorography requires the skills of a draftsman or artist rather than those of a scientist, which are needed for the practice of geography.


Chorography of Suffolk
Edited by D.N.J. MacCulloch
The Chorography of Suffolk reconstructed in this volume is one of the first attempts of a county survey of Suffolk. It has remained almost unknown and unconsidered by antiquaries since it was compiled, at the end of the reign of Elizabeth I, for no county antiquarian tradition comparable to those in Essex and Warwickshire ever emerged in Suffolk.

Heuretics: The Logic of Invention
by Gregory L. Ulmer In Heuretics
Chorography. A word defined as “the branch of logic that treats the art of discovery or invention” — Gregory Ulmer sets forth new methods appropriate for conducting cultural studies research in an age of electronic hypermedia.

Creativity in design education: From problem-solving to puzzle-solving.
Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture Istanbul TURKEY
This paper introduces a new approach to creativity in design education based on puzzle solving activity in a world where ambiguity and change is essential with the innovations of 21st century. Design as puzzle solving activity makes it possible to generate new ideas, to think something different, to be able to integrate knowledge and imagination which gives rise to generation of form – creative thinking. Accordingly puzzle solving activity can be considered as choreography emerged in dialectics of multiplicity which leads us mythical stage between the real and virtual, between the possibilities and limitations creating shifting balances.

Pomponius Mela’s Description of the World
Frank E. Romer (Author)
The Description of the World (Chorographia), written by Pomponius Mela, was last translated into English over 400 years ago, and is the earliest surviving geographical work in Latin. Although first published at the height of the Roman Empire, in roughly 44 C.E., Pomponius Mela’s work circulated during Europe’s great Age of Exploration. Pomponius Mela was an enigmatic man able to picture the world, that write things without knowing the consequence…

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