Critical Cartography Project

Collective Mapping Workshop
Istanbul, Turkey
2018-09 - 4th Istanbul Design Biennial
Design education is typically divorced from the complexity and political nature of building. It lacks spatial agency. In response, this workshop series is conceived as an experimental lab for action-oriented mapping practices, developed for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial. 

The curators of the Biennial ask: “What is the role of seen and unseen spatial information in learning?” Through experimental ways of collecting and layering spatial information, from field surveys to remote sensing and archival research of maps, the lab conceives of the map as a medium of knowledge creation and corresponding action. Mapping entails creating and building the world as much as measuring, documenting and describing it. The outcome of the workshops is to introduce alternative ways of designing through the cartographic process. We intend to make visible different layers of information within maps that are dynamic and responsive to the world around them. 

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