DESIGNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR LIFE WORKSHOPS
Comob: Citizen Cartography with GPS
With Jen Southern and Chris Speed
Saturday 23rd January
1-4pm (with coffee break).
This workshop is an experiment in group mapping and introduces a new
tool for discussing environmental issues in the city. Using a GPS phone
application we will explore how environmental issues are experienced, on
the ground, during a group walk in the city. How far does noise travel in
different parts of the city? How far does the smell from a ‘Subway’ sandwich
shop go? How long will you have to walk until you see a wild plant or
animal? What does it feel like to be connected to a group on the screen of
your mobile phone? After an introduction to the technology we will venture
out into Dundee as citizen cartographers. Using the ‘collective’ body of the
group, together we will detect, describe and demarcate, contributing to a
collective and playful mapping of the city. Back at base, we will review our
movements in dynamic projections onto satellite maps, and discuss how
using GPS to move through the city as a group reveals new relationships,
senses of community and awareness of our environment.
No experience necessary. All ages are welcome, however children must be
accompanied by an adult. Bring shoes you can walk in and an umbrella in case of
rain. All equipment will be provided.
There are only ten places for this workshop.
Places should be booked in advance by emailing: