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 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


Public Events and Exhibitions

“Mapping Arrival” Exhibition

Opening at Aquarium, Berlin Kreuzberg, June 16

Opening at BENN office, Hohenschönhausen Nord, Berlin, September 7, 2022

Exhibition in the BENN office of Hohenschönhausen Nord for the month of September 2022

Opening Mapping Arrival, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Geography, November 15, 2022

Exhibition in the Department’s main foyer until December 5, 2022


Karte and Kopf News Article   (See link to article: here)

Berlin is growing – almost 3.7 million people now live in the city. Many of the new Berliners come from Brandenburg, some from Swabia, from Spain, others from the USA or from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Berlin is a city of migration stories.

“It is often not easy for people who come from another country, another culture, to find their way around and to call the metropolis their new home. They all have spatial experiences in the city that are ingrained in their minds. Scientists want to record and evaluate these subjective maps as part of the MAPURBAN research project.”


MAPURBAN Berlin Research Team

Head of subproject FU Berlin: Prof. Dr Antonie Schmiz

Berlin Research Coordinator: Sylvana Jahre


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