Mapping as collective and design practice

Spolka Collective


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Photo: Fritz Schlüter


There is no such thing as a tabula rasa in the environment that surrounds us. Any space can be understood as a messy network, full of entangled entities and relations of human and non-human actors. Via mapping we sensitize ourselves to these relations, give them critical attention and subvert the “objective” map that describes the space from the top view. By slowing down and mere observation, using any sense possible we can even fall in love with the space. Thus, this mapping exercise aims to expand collective perception and imagination about the potentials of existing realities through different methodologies - as mapping does not only mean creating a 2D map by drawing what you see, but also perceiving by touch and listening. In this way, mapping becomes speculation about a new reality, and about political imaginary visions in which the currently invisible actors can play the lead role.


What aspects make up a place? What aspects of a space do we see, feel and experience? How do my position/background/preferences influence what I perceive? How is mapping a tool of design? How are the spaces we inhabit portrayed? What is drawn on the map?

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.



Spolka is a collective of architects, urbanists and sociologists dealing with space production and engaging the public in the collective making of our cities. The planet is co-created by all kinds of different objects (non-humans, humans and the planet itself included) and the survival of all is crucially dependent on their interconnectedness. We understand our role, as sociologists, urbanists and women (often being disadvantaged per se) to make visible and give voice to those, that do not necessarily have one to nourish this interconnectedness despite the global power structures. More at