Mapping For Change?
Critical carto­graphy approa­ches to drive socio-envi­ron­­mental urban trans­for­ma­tions
Oct 2018 – Sept 2020

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.

Project Team

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Brück
Dr. phil. Natasha Aruri
Dr.-Ing. Katleen De Flander

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