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Cognitive Mapping Exercise | Day 1

Which spaces/places matter for you the most, and how are they spatially connected?

Mapping (Cognitive Mapping) helps to get access to interpretations of symbolic structures of the city (Greverus 1972, 1994). One can understand a map as “legible notes”. Mapping helps to get access to the spatial and social structures of the urban fabric and carve out the meaningful spaces and places of districts and neighborhoods as well as your own blind spots. 

As Prof. Kanishka Goonewardena stated during his talk: “Everybody is a cognitive mapper. We were overcame the boundaries of drawing and did exercises in the workshop on cognitive mapping. The outcome is as varied as the perception of the city. Cognitive mapping, however, gives us a chance to get access to the spatial ideas and connections we might have in mind while thinking about specific meaningful spaces or places and their different layers and intersections.

Posted by:Carolin Genz

Carolin Genz holds a master degree in European Ethnology and Urban Cultures from Humboldt-University of Berlin (2009-2013) and is currently doing research at the Department for Cultural and Social Geography at the Humboldt-University since 2015. Her Ph.D. topic is: "Urban Resistance: Upheaval of Civil Society? Ethnographical perspectives on the transformation of urban everyday life“. Specifically, her research focuses on practices of production and appropriation of space, urban governance and digital tools of urban resistance and network practices. Furthermore, she is an academic consultant and member of the advisory board for Gender Mainstreaming and Diversity for the Senate Department of Housing and Urban Development in Berlin.

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