MAPURBAN Berlin pursued two objectives: on the one hand, we aimed to capture an institutional policy perspective by conducting expert interviews with governmental and non-governmental actors. On the other hand, the focus was on the inclusion of subaltern perspectives. For this purpose, we planed to conduct a series of participatory mapping workshops with people in and around refugee shelters. These were taking place in three BENN neighbourhoods. The preparation and implementation of the participatory mapping workshops will be realised together with the collective Orangotango the NotAnAtlas project and Dr. Ingeborg Beer as well as the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing.


Main Conferences

Final Event of the Berlin MAPURBAN Project (with international partners), June 16, 2022

  • Opening of the Mapping Arrival Exhibition
  • Panel Discussion with local stakeholders and policy makers
  • Public Presentation from MAPURBAN project partners

At Aquarium in Berlin Kreuzberg


Workshops and Seminars

Participatory Mapping

  • Berlin workshops in two different Berlin neighbourhoods: Neu-Hohenschönhausen & Britz
  • In Hohenschönhausen we worked with a women group who regularly meet on a weekly basis
  • In Britz we did a holiday workshop for children in a youth centre with a variety of methods
  • Participatory mapping as method
  • Aims to reflect power structures and hierarchies in space and show affective relations to place
  • Generates new spatial knowledge
  • Enhances agency of “lay cartographers“
  • Enhances exchange through collective mapping process
  • Shows emotions and subjective meanings to urban space


Academic: Critical Mapping Exchange

  • Exchange on the method of critical and participative mapping
  • Kick-Off-Meeting: 2 December 2021, online
  • Workshop: 1 March 2022, online (participants: Susanne Wessendorf, Malte Gembus, Heike Hanhörster, Miriam Nessler, Elisabeth Kirndörfer, Kathrin Hörschelmann, Lea Haack, Antonie Schmiz – organiser, Sylvana Jahre – organiser)
  • Participating Institutions: Universität Bonn, Coventry University, Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung Dortmund, FU Berlin
  • Workshop “Critical Mapping – Methodological Reflections” at the annual IMISCOE conference in Oslo, June 29 – July 1


MAPURBAN Berlin Research Team

Head of subproject FU Berlin: Prof. Dr Antonie Schmiz

Berlin Research Coordinator: Sylvana Jahre

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