The Maritime Mindset: A Conceptual and Practical Exploration of Mapping Port Cities

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Centuries of trade have left their traces in the culture and society of port cities. This paper explores the usefulness of the concept “maritime mindset” to recognize these traces, and analyses it from different disciplinary perspectives. In the second part, it proposes the practice of “deep mapping” as a methodology of identifying and documenting expressions of maritime culture and trade in public space. In conclusion, it addresses some questions that are crucial when addressing a maritime mindset, such as whether it is a top-down or bottom-up mindset, which spatial scale it entails, and whose values and interests the mindset represents. Ultimately, we argue that (deep) mapping can play a role in producing a more layered spatial, social and cultural understanding of the complex nature of port cities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-163
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes (CPCL)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Vol. 4 No. 2 (2021): Port City Cultures, Values, or Maritime Mindsets, Part 2: Studying and Shaping Cultures in Port City Territories / Main Section


  • Mapping
  • Port Cities
  • Culture
  • Identity
  • Maritime Mindset


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