Mapping for change - games and other processes of public engagement


This event will focus on how we can engage people in their cities and places using interactive maps.

Participation is a buzzword in planning issues. But you need innovative and creative processes to engage a wide participation. Collective mapping is an interesting way to engage participation way but what if these mappings were also playful ? Would they be able to address a much wider and diverse audience ? What can we learn from outdoor or on board city games to engage wider participation in city making ?


Harry Wood, OpenStreetMap - Harry has been involved in the OpenStreetMap project since its humble beginnings here in London. OpenStreetMap has now grown to over a million volunteers, all helping to create a free open licensed map of the world. The open license has meant that the way data gets used is wide open, but the project is also wide open to participation, with the community developing a variety of mapping approaches.

Nicolas Fonty, justMap - Nicolas is an urban designer experimenting diverse participatory mapping processes for engaging citizens into community-led planning issues. He will present a treasure hunt set up in La Courneuve (North of Paris) where participants are both explorers/detective and citizen journalists with the objectives to understand local life, report it and find some clues to improve it and create cooperations.

Polly Robbins, City Hunt - City Hunt is an interactive treasure hunt that teaches players about the history and future of urban areas. By bringing attention to buildings and places of note, and how they relate to the social and economic history of a neighbourhood, City Hunt aims to connect people to urban issues. It also has served as a tool for local community services and small independent businesses to promote their services and products.

Julie Plichon, Empathy Walks - Julie is an urban designer with a background in social and political sciences. She will present her project Empathy Walks, an open source project envisioned to trigger greater understanding between people living differently in the same city. These walking tours are guided by different people who reveal their own layers of the city through their everyday life and the challenges they face. Julie currently works part time as an Inclusive Designer officer at Islington Council and at a design practice called Fluid. She also campaigns for cycling for all in the East End.