MAP-it participatory mapping: publication and manual with a hands-on toolkit.
MAP-it is a tool for participatory cartography and conversation. It is an open and extendible set of stickers that allows a group of people to make their thoughts explicit about a project, idea, ... in the form of a map. The visual character of mapping allows participants from different backgrounds, who may speak different languages, to discuss and create on equal grounds. MAP-it not only encourages to share positive experiences, but also stimulates critique and debate. This publication will provide the reader with an insight in the tool and the broader field of mapping and methods in participatory design, as well as offer a practical guide and a kit to organise a MAP-it session. People can download and contribute to MAP-it at www.map-it.be.
Authors: Katrien Dreessen, Liesbeth Huybrechts, Thomas Laureyssens, Selina Schepers, Sabina Baciu
Book, 64 pages with an additional hands-on toolkit including maps and stickers.
Available online at Acco: 25€ + shipping.
Part 2 of the book, the MAP-it Manual is available for download below. It allows you to develop and moderate MAP-it workshops. It's distributed under a Creative Commons non-commercial share alike license.
This publication is the result of a 3 year artistic research study, supported by OPAK (LUCA school of arts | KU Leuven)
MAP-it is a project of Social Spaces at the MAD-faculty
MAP-it is a hands-on tool used to plan, analyse and reconstruct past and future projects and spaces, which has been used in many participatory urban design projects.
MAP-it is a hands-on tool used to plan, analyse and reconstruct past and future projects and spaces. It is a method to visualise a process in space and time, in a low-tech, open and flexible manner. It can be used in various situations, such as a brainstorm, debriefing, interview. MAP-it is an open tool, with all elements (scenario, stickers, manual) freely available, so you can experiment and organise a session yourself. However if you would like us to collaborate or assist with your participatory mapping project, you can contact me or Social Spaces.
I visited two archives of the Belgian Army to research the cartography of defence lines.
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#Plant is a cartography of a 1940 military defence line, transformed in an interactive light installation powered by solar cells.
#Plant is an public art intervention in an military heritage site around Antwerp, Belgium. It is a cartography of a 1940 military defence line, transformed in an interactive light installation powered by solar cells. The intervention is installed inside and on top of a bunker.
Exposition: BAT10 Beeldenroute anti tank gracht. Curator: Flor Beckx. Wood work by Xavier Coenen.
The Undocumented Trails project will set up a marketplace where the public can contract undocumented workers through a documention process. This process seeks to exchange points of urban experiences between citizens and un-documented workers.
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