Mapping is not only a tool to investigate and capture place-making practices but is itself a means to produce spaces and social relations.
As maps and territories co-construct one another, we ask to what extent can mapping, as a political tool, be a means to contest and re-shape the unjust distribution of resources and opportunities in cities? How can mapping be appropriated by ordinary citizens in their place-making practices? What are the lessons and practical applications that can be drawn from its use in various disciplines?
This research seeks to refine the conceptual and methodological approach vis a vis mapping and develop a heuristic path through an interdisciplinary dialogue. It first sparks of with a literature review on contemporary theories and uses of mapping for place-making. It is then followed by the production of a discussion paper, enriched by a series of workshops with scholars working in the field from UCL, the Politecnico di Milano and the Megawra (Built Environment Collective).
Dr Adriana Allen
Director of MSc Environment and Sustainable Development
Dr Alexandre Apsan Frediani
Lecturer in Community-Led Development in the Global South.
- Partnering Mappers
Dialogues on the move
- Francesca Cognetti, Beatrice De Carli: Department of Architecture and Planning (DIAP), Politecnico di Milano
- Paola Bellaviti, Costanza La Mantia, Antonio Tosi: Laboratory of International Cooperation, DIAP, Politecnico di Milano
- May al-lbrashy: Megawra (Built Environment Collective
Action Learning Alliance
- Foro por la Vida
- Universidade federal do ABC
- People’s Dialogue on Human Settlements
- Ghana Federation of the Urban Poor
Prof Murray Fraser
The Barlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL
Prof Muki Haklay
Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, UCL
Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith
Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL
Prof Jennifer Robinson
Department of Geography, UCL
Dr Michael Stewart
Department of Anthropology, UCL
- Mapping Matters
Mapping matters to many people. Below you can see information about forthcoming mapping events around the world, and short debriefs of events that have recently taken place. For more personal interpretations of the significance of mapping, please visit our Viewpoints page to watch some of the videos submitted by different people in our network.
If you wish to share your own video testimonies, or information about any events, projects or publications related to critical reflections and innovative mapping experiences, please contact: Prof Adriana Allen at email@example.com
Kids in India Are Sparking Urban Planning Changes by Mapping Slums
A new project aims to give young Indians a voice in the city-development process. Learn more.
The Missing Maps Project
Despite massive advances in cartographic technology over the past decade, a huge number of large cities around the world remain digitally uncharted territories. This project aims to solve this by crowdsourcing digital maps of the entire globe, beginning with the most vulnerable places in the developing world. The organization is using OpenStreetMap as their platform, a freely available online map that anyone can edit and improve—much like a Wikipedia of maps.
The Missing Maps Project is a collaboration between the American and British Red Cross, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, and Doctors Without Borders.
Tatiana Ome: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTYbRILOiZw
Orlando Navazo: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpFcKP06hP4
Jose and Leonardo: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qUwO0O6fuc
Carlos Del Cairo Hurtado: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g-If2qwjTA
Hector Alvarez: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fepcQA9aIk
Sonia Maria: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXJkVdh8faM
Pedro Arantes: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkiiAKlsQP4
Ricardo Moretti: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye1lPcvmmAs
Antonio and Sonia: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_98FZp_ufMA
Julia Moretti: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su7sAIAfC6c