Workshop Social Context Mapping
Understand an area from the inside-out, using both ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ data
The Social Context Map is a location research tool that Placemakers uses on a regular basis at the start of placemaking projects. In our Social Context Mapping workshops, participants develop an understanding of a selected area based on desk research and field work. This is then visualized in a multi-layered map.
– introduction into placemaking
– selection of layers
– (creative) mapping methods
– desk research and/or field work
– data analysis
– presentation / exhibition
How can we understand a neighborhood, combining ‘hard’ quantitative data and ‘soft’ qualitative data? This workshop provides an introduction and/or guided process to groups of students or professionals wanting to experiment with creative mapping methods and gain an understanding of a selected area. Learn how to gather and visualize a rich variety of local characteristics; from architectural qualities to user experience, from provision of green to local routes & routines, from age groups to resident initiatives. Participants select a number of layers to add to their Social Context Map, gain practical experience with mapping exercices and collaborate to visualize, mix and match their findings.
The final result of the workshop – a digital or tangible layered map of the area – is at the same time a starting point. For conversation on local issues and potentials, for the formulation of organizational goals and as a preparation for possible interventions.