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Talks & Seminars

Talking a Walk on the Wild Side

Inno­v­a­tive forms of social, cul­tur­al & cre­ative map­ping are shared by 3 engaged in civic par­tic­i­pa­tion and urban democracy.

Walking Territory: In and out of Lockdown. Andrew Howe will discuss the intensive process of mapping walks restricted to his local area of Shrewsbury during the Covid 19 lockdown. This led to making a series of artist books and linking up with other artists nearby in a collaborative project. The resulting maps and books are a selective visual record of embodied knowledge found through walking, which celebrate local distinctiveness of layered heritage and green spaces. They have helped to sustain community interest and raise money for a local environmental and food redistribution charity.

Empathy Walks - Julie Plichon presents a project that propels alternative reflections and ways of "reading" cities by means of collective and interactive walking experiences designed to reveal different narratives and coexisting social layers. It was inspired by the work and discourse of different professionals engaging in people-centered urban planning, including, amongst others, geographer David Harvey, relating to his concept of "the right to the city"; journalist Jane Jacobs, who supported grassroot making of cities; architect and urban designer Jan Gehl who advocates for "cities for people" and the value of public spaces; sociologist Saskia Sassen, who values the multicultural contribution of different citizens to the diversity of city spaces.

The deep map app: Lucy Frears discusses a tool she has developed to enrich and enable creative mapping.What is the deep app reference tool? A guide? A motivational tool for anyone to start creating sound walks? An immersive socially distanced walking/wheelchair experience? It is aimed at anyone experimenting with using GPS through apps and MP3 walks (locative media); it moves through the necessary steps from conception to publishing. The hope is that more experimentation in the field is encouraged, that space for imagination and innovation is created and mistakes prevented. More hegemonic linear histories of place, for example, might be transformed into a layer within a stratigraphy of stories from different perspectives and frequently unheard voices, enabling overlapping of alternative perspectives of past, present and future.

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