How can visualisation be used analytically? When is visualisation the source of problems, frictions, and possibly new insights or critical reflection? The paper explores these questions in the context of the research project Spaces of Danish Welfare started in 2017. This paper gives examples of visualisations as seen from an anthropological perspective, it deals with the provincial town Tønder, DK, and explores the socio-spatial organisation of a site under transformation to become outskirts. In the study, visualisation is used to explore the spaces of welfare institutions and their altered intentions; many of these institutions have been closed down, but the physical buildings are still present, witnesses of another time and intention and containers of new kinds of actions or of empty locales. Also, visualisations are used to analyse citizen’s everyday spatial experience of welfare in Tønder. The larger research project seeks to analyse, make visible and discuss the spatial dynamics and effects of contemporary transformations of Danish welfare systems, with a focus on how local systems simultaneously undergo processes of dismantlement and development. Through case studies, the project addresses the intersection of 1) citizen’s everyday spatial experience of welfare, 2) the scale of welfare amenities/institutions (WAI) and their architectural disposition, and 3) the density of distribution of WAI and their urban disposition. The project exploits analytical visualisations in developing an updated theoretical framework resulting from a cross-disciplinary relation between architecture/urbanism and anthropology. This paper questions how these analytical visualisations might be developed and used. It explores, how visualisation might support the analyses of specific sites, in this case an anthropological study of the outskirts and welfare spaces. Furthermore, it exploits analytical visualisations in developing an updated theoretical framework resulting from a cross-disciplinary relation between architecture/urbanism and anthropology.
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