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Constructing urban cultural landscapes & living in the palimpsests: a case of Moscow city (Russia) distant residential areas

BELGEO. 2018. No. 4.

A metaphor of palimpsest is used to describe the multivocal cultural landscapes since the 1970s.
Interventions into new cultural / humanistic geography, semiotics and the theory of regional
geography help to regard each layer of the palimpsest as a constructed context, centered by
dominant representation of a place.
Real-and-imagined landscapes are regarded as palimpsests lived through everyday practices seen
as processes of (re)construction of new layers.
Trying to unite those “constructing’ and “living’ perspectives is a challenging task for urban
cultural agenda.
A series of mobile quest games was made by the author for Moscow Agency for Area
Development through Culture in order to construct new tourist sights outside city centre. This
project is discussed as a case of constructing new geographical contexts (palimpsest’ layers) and
the lived experience rediscovering the distant residential areas, traditionally regarded as
standardized “non-places’, as becoming rich in symbolic capital.