Constructing the Meaning of Mundane Urban Places through the Mapping of Geo-Tagged Social Media Content

Mikhael Johanes, Gadisha Amelia Febrianti, Yandi Andri Yatmo

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This paper shows the possibility of constructing meaning in mundane places in the city through the mapping of geo-tagged social media content. Over the last decade, the Internet and digital technologies have transformed the way we relate ourselves with identities and places. This phenomenon is proliferated by the merging between social media platform and the geographical information that is enabled by smartphone. The act of sharing voices, activities, or ideas about certain places through social media has become our everyday practice. These voices could reveal the stories of mundane places that play an important role in creating identity in urban context that is hidden within the interconnectivity of its elements so-called topology. The Self-organizing map (SOM) is used to reveal the internal pattern behind the presented elements in the content of geo-tagged social media on particular locations. Therefore, the resulted topological pattern could be seen as the construction of meaning of everyday articulation that is shared among the social media users. The mapping thus shows the shifts on the construction of meaning in the technology-mediated space, described as embedded condition that suggests changes in the current spatial practices.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventUIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress - KR, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 1 Jan 2017 → …


ConferenceUIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
Period1/01/17 → …


  • mapping; self-organizing map; everyday; geo-tagged; social media


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