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Architecture Doctoral Student Colloquium: Conversation 2, Democratizing City Mapping

Architecture Doctoral Student Colloquium: Conversation 2, "Democratizing City Mapping"

Mapping is most often a tool used by institutions holding power or seeking control over a certain geography. Yet, from critical cartography to open-source mapping to different analysis methods, there have been numerous attempts to explore mapping’s democratizing potential. In this session we are interested in discussing the socio-political potential spatial mapping has and how that relates to the different methodologies and techniques it utilizes, particularly in research. When has mapping made a difference and how? When was it able to contribute to people’s lives? We are hoping that by studying specific mapping initiatives in Detroit we will be able to answer these questions and others. Speakers include +Andrew Newman, Conrad Kickert, and Lars Graebner

Each year, the Doctoral Program in Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning sponsors a series of discussions on a topic of interest in architectural research. This year, the doctoral colloquium, titled “The City Critical,” will explore issues in urban research using Detroit at the case study. In investigating the numerous techniques used to engage with the condition of Detroit, the colloquium will raise questions concerning effective research, design, curation, and activism, while foregrounding interventions in Detroit as effective and globally-applicable models.