Istanbul Design Biennial Collective Mapping Workshops (Link)

Design education is typically undertaken in isolation from the complexity and political nature of building and urban development. It lacks spatial agency and ways of designing in multi-party contexts. In response, this workshop series was conceived as an experimental lab for collaborative 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 workshop introduces the practice of mapping as a way of creating and building the world as much as measuring, documenting and describing it. As a result, the workshops introduced alternative ways of designing through the cartographic process to more than 50 practitioners, researchers and current students. Building on this research through collaborative mapping workshops, Public Design Collaborative is working on a compendium of urban design guidelines for public spaces and the public realm in Istanbul. 

Collaborator: Daniel Swakman