October 2018 – September 2020

Crit­ical cartog­raphy approaches to drive socio-envi­ron­mental urban trans­for­ma­tions.


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.

Funding: Volk­swagen Stiftung

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

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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