Critical Cartography & Restoration Project

Muhit: Crowdmapping the City
Istanbul, Turkey
2018-09 - 4th Istanbul Design Biennial is a platform that uses crowdsourcing and data mining to share citizen-generated data with neighborhood representatives and municipalities to provide input to masterplans and improve the quality of life in cities, deployed in several districts of Istanbul. This open source tool gathers, analyzes and shares citizen-generated data to inform how city governments can function better by highlighting community priorities. The disaggregated data enables local governments and organizations to take action on geo-tagged issues and reach their constituents easily for a continued dialogue.

This digital tool was also supplemented with a series of in-person Collaborative Mapping Workshops to gather ideas and share feedback. The team developed an action-oriented mapping event developed for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, bringing together practitioners, students and public servants both educating stakeholders around participatory planning methods and helping develop some of the submitted issues into planning projects adopted by municipalities.

This project has been supported by a range of institutions including TechSoup Europe, Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG), MIT Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship in Development and the MIT Global Ideas Competition.

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