Maps are not neutral. They reflect and perpetuate power relations and have always been political instruments influencing our understandings of the world. In contemporary endeavours and struggles towards a more just and environmentally conscious urban, maps are being used in various ways and by a wide variety of actors to contest and re-shape the status-quo. From slum dwellers putting their neighborhood on the map to claim their right to the city to scientific mapping of food or energy production potentials of urban roofs and antispaces; to the counter-mappings by cultural activists to contest the unequal distribution of resources. These and other examples showcase that mapping is no longer merely a tool to reflect and capture place-making practices but has become itself a means to produce spaces and social relations. Through transdisciplinary dialogue this project seeks to identify current uses and users of critical cartography engendering socio-environmental change. It explores modalities for navigating contemporary complexities and new methodologies for cumulating and layering different mapping strategies, typologies, and tactics for tackling urban polycrises.
Mapping For Change?
Critical cartography approaches to drive socio-environmental urban transformations
Oct 2018 – Sept 2020