Urban Journaling // Mental Mapping

intro Happy friday everyone! Today I am sharing another look into my "urban journal" with you. You may remember the first entry from last week, and this one is even more fun! While this is a class I am taking at school, I have also been getting better at journaling + diagramming on my own and find that it helps me get to know København and the surrounding cities so much more. For now, let's talk about mental mapping!


Here is a full look at my journal spread from the day. I know there's a lot going on, but don't get overwhelmed just yet! On this day, we headed out of the class room to a popular street known as Købmagergade. After observation, we were to sketch based on what we could derive from our sight and physical surroundings.


Here is a closer look at the plan, located in the center of the 2 page sketchbook spread. In the middle, you can spot Rundetaarn, meaning round tower, located in central Københaven. Beginning at street level, we were to walk around the base of the tower + surrounding buildings to begin to understand the spaces.

Another part of this exploration was to analyze how the space was working. In the sketch, I have used symbols of my choice to represent parked bikes, trees, and nodes. Confused about what a node is? Well, this activity was inspired by urban planner Kevin Lynch. He believed in mapping places with notes on their pedestrian flow, landmarks, edges, nodes, etc. A node can be thought of as a hub. An active place perhaps used by a lot of people or the location of something occurring.


At the top this historical structure [it was built during Christian IV's reign] there is an amazing 360 degree view of the city from which you can point out all of the major landmarks. Without working in too much detail, I began drawing the skyline to work out it's general shape.


As you can see, the skyline works around the entire page. My goal was to depict that this view is from the round tower, which is why I used the dashed line in the middle of the page to show which direction you get this view from.

I was quite happy with how these drawings and layout turned out. After a few weeks of refreshing my sketching skills [we sketched a ton on our trip in Aarhus] it was on this day that I felt like I was pretty satisfied with my drawing style.

What have you sketched lately? I'd love to know! I think it helps you get such a good understanding of your surroundings. x. Paige

P.S. I am going to Malmö, Sweden for the day tomorrow with a group of friends! Hopefully I will get a chance to get a little sketching in. Keep up with me throughout the day on Instagram @punkrockparti and hopefully I will have an outfit post up tomorrow from the trip! xx. Paige

Not So Naked

IMG_7472 My transition to fall has not been about just layering on warm pieces, but also about a new read. Let's start with the outfit. This dress is probably my #1 transition piece in my wardrobe. It works great on it's own in the summer, but is easily changed up like I did today with some easy tights and a statement jacket. Now for the book: Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places. I honestly cannot remember the last time I read a book for fun, and I am welcoming the new season with this new opportunity. I have become entranced by my urban studies courses at school, and this library find will be my new companion on the metro into the city every day.







I know for all of you stateside readers it is daytime over there...but it is actually around 10 pm here and I have just gotten home from a long day! I am actually enjoying the time difference because it gives me some extra time in the night to get my blogging in, hehe. Thank you to those of you that have beared with me through my big move and the changes! And also hello to the new followers out there! I'm so happy to have you all here. Until tomorrow, x. Paige

two-tone jacket // Urban Outfitters Phoenix striped dress // Target 40den tights // H&M Copenhagen combat boots // Steve Madden raven ring // Fashion Hunters Flea Market, Copenhagen

New Series: Urban Journaling!

Hello again guys, hope that Monday treated you well! Today I am announcing another new series on the blog entitled "Urban Journaling." I have always had an interest in mapping and urban planning, and my love for it increased this summer, which is when I got the idea for this series. Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 11.20.26 PM

Originally I planned to start creating maps of my favorite spots in various cities [which I still plan to do] but since starting school in Copenhagen, I have been taking an exciting class called Urban Journal. Each time we meet, we have lecture + discussion on readings and various drawing techniques. Then, we head out of the classroom and into the city, where we explore different spaces and sketch away! Since I have this class on Mondays, I thought it would be the perfect day to share the series with you. Let's get into it!

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Our first class topic was "serial vision." Serial vision is a concept that deals with how you travel through a space, in our case a city, and how you perceive it as you walk. As a journaler, our challenge is to create a series of 5 or 6 drawings that show the progression through a city street, trying to visually connect them as much as possible.

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The above drawing is the first serial vision I completed in class, from photos on a powerpoint slide. I spent 2 minutes on each drawing, working in both pen and pencil.

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The next serial vision was drawn out in the city. In these drawings, we were working in a passageway known as Amagertorv. I started out in a open street, and continued drawing as I moved through the passage, and then out into the street view again. You may remember my Instagram photo of this drawing session, above!

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In this drawing, we were encouraged to relate our sketches to a plan of the area we were traveling through. I chose to compose the page with the plan in the middle, and placed the sketches around it.

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This is my favorite drawing from the day. At first I had only drawn the area inside the box, and my sketch felt really flat and poorly composed. However, my instructor then encouraged me to draw outside of the box boundaries and place the vanishing point in the middle, and it changed my entire drawing! At that moment, I knew this class was going to be great for me to improve my drawing as well as my navigation skills.

How about you, is urban journaling something you have ever tried before? Is it something that you would like to try? Let me know! I'd love to hear from you. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'll see you tomorrow! x. Paige

Looking for more about mapping? Check out my post about navigating the city of Copenhagen, or learn more about serial vision here!

Navigating Europe...Without an iPhone?!

In the first 10 days now that I've lived in Copenhagen, I've been without wi-fi in my room and have been navigating the streets without a data plan on my iPhone. Now, if you would have read that sentence to me in the time before I left to go abroad, I would have probably had something close to a panic attack. Besides being very directionally challenged, and I mean very, I am also a huge fan of reading blogs and am borderline obsessed with Instagram. Admittedly I was a little wary the first few days of not being totally connected and in the know, but have started to realize all of the benefits it has created in turn. IMG_6482

The most powerful benefit to being "unplugged" has been to work on my navigation and mapping skills. I'll be the first to tell you that I couldn't point out north or south to someone even if my life depended on it, but I think in the last few years I have been using my trusty iPhone maps as a crutch. I had forgotten that I was actually quite good at getting myself to a destination with a tangible paper map and pen in hand.


Today I drew out this route before leaving campus because my Danish class had a cafe night at a local restaurant called Kaffesalonen. My friend and I headed out and I got us to our destination on our own without getting lost once. Arriving at the cafe both on-time and with confidence was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in a while. It also encouraged me to look out for street names, and in turn, notice more of my surroundings. Then when it was time to head home and my friend and I parted ways, I was able to get back to my metro stop without needing to check my map.

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Now, I may be more interested in this phenomena than the average person because I am currently in urban design theory + urban journal classes, but I wanted to encourage you to try this challenge out for yourself, even with a perfectly functioning data plan in hand. You might be surprised at what looking up from your glitchy smartphone map can do to change your perspective.

Will I live in another country for 9 months without Internet in my apartment? Of course not. I would miss talking to my family and friends at home terribly. But, these first few weeks have taught me something invaluable, and who knows, I just may never sign up for a Danish data plan on my iPhone!

Is this something you would like to try? Happy travels and good luck! x. Paige