I'm migrating an ArcMap workflow that allows users to add features from a template gdb into the active map. It uses a WinForms ListView for the feature names and a panel to display the features as they're selected. We create a copy of the mxd's map in memory and load the template feature class into it. When the user selects a feature in the List View, the internal map zooms to the feature and activates the panel with the updated view.
It doesn't look like the MapControl in ArcGIS Pro can operate independently of a map within the project. Is there a way to create a map in memory without having to add it to the project? I'd prefer to avoid keeping thumbnail image names and feature names in sync.