Public Works Collaborative


     Critical Cartography uses data, design and mapping to uncover untold stories about cities, a repository for counter-mapping. With publicly accessible satellite imagery, open data repositories and libraries, mapping is becoming a more collective and enabling process that can help us chart different courses of urban and territorial development. Through experimental ways of collecting and layering spatial information, maps can be a medium for synthesizing multitudes of knowledge. Thus maps can challenge our ways of knowing and acting. 


     Sera Tolgay is an urban designer, planner and cartographer based in New York City. She founded Public Design Collaborative as an interdisciplinary practice focused on leveraging design in the planning process. Originally from Istanbul, she is working as an urban designer at WSP and was previously at the New York City Department of City Planning.

Sera also co-founded muhit, an award-winning open data and crowdmapping tool for more transparent cities. She received a dual master’s degrees in Master of City Planning and Master of Science in Architecture from MIT, and a B.A. from Yale University.

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