April 2019 – September 2022

Prac­tice-oriented research project with three compar­a­tive case studies in Berlin, Barcelona, and Belgrade.


This prac­tice-oriented research project seeks to support civil-society move­ments in their struggle for profound trans­for­ma­tion towards more just soci­eties and cities. It believes that real change requires reshuf­fling existing power rela­tions and sees Crit­ical Mapping as an ‘act of power’. The ongoing democ­ra­ti­sa­tion of mapping through new tech­nolo­gies is decon­structing it as an elitist instru­ment for the ‘few’ and making it avail­able to the ‘many’ as a possible tool for (self-)empowerment. With this in mind, the project will analyze and test the trans­for­ma­tive poten­tial of CM in rela­tion to the growing phenom­enon of socio-polit­ical mobil­i­sa­tion in urban areas and what in Europe is coming to be known as the New Munic­i­palist Move­ment; whereby it will inter­ro­gate the eman­ci­pa­tory claims, methods, and impacts. Through work­shops and on-field research in three compar­a­tive case studies in Berlin, Barcelona, and Belgrade, the project will build trans­dis­ci­pli­nary and transna­tional spaces for alliances among decen­tral­ized and frag­mented mapping activ­i­ties with the mission to find connec­tions and loop­holes. More specif­i­cally, it inves­ti­gates how maps contest and re-shape urban resource flows and the unjust distri­b­u­tion of services, access and oppor­tu­ni­ties, and it tests the ability of maps to give rise to coali­tion strate­gies for urban mobilisers across geogra­phies.

Funding: Robert Bosch Stiftung

Project Team: Dr.-Ing. Andreas Brück, Dr. Natasha Aruri, Dr.-Ing. Katleen De Flander, Julia Förster

Tech­nische Univer­sität Berlin

Fakultät VI – Planen Bauen Umwelt
Institut für Stadt- und Region­alpla­nung (ISR)
LABOR K //// K LAB
Hard­en­bergstr. 40A
Sekre­tariat B10
D – 10623 Berlin

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Tech­nische Univer­sität Berlin

Fakultät VI – Planen Bauen Umwelt
Institut für Stadt- und Region­alpla­nung (ISR)
LABOR K //// K LAB
Hard­en­bergstr. 40A
Sekre­tariat B10
D – 10623 Berlin

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