LIVINGMAPS is an international network of artists, activists and academics concerned to develop the theory and practice of critical cartography . It was founded in 2013 and established as a not- for profit- company in 2015. We collaborate with a wide range of organisations, from community and youth groups, to museums, galleries and university research departments.
Our conceptual approach is trans-disciplinary, bringing together geographers, photographers and ethnographers , digital and environmental activists, visual and performance artists in common projects and discussions. Our practice explores innovative methods of counter-mapping drawing on state of the art technologies. We are committed to developing cartography as a participatory and democratic platform of civic engagement with all forms of social inequality and injustice .
Phil’s has worked on many projects in London over the past fifty years and his extensive work and events are shown on his Projects Map. Have a look!
Livingmaps Review is an open access journal published twice a year in Spring and Autumn.It carries scholarly articles together with shorter more experimental pieces, reports of work in progress ,artists walks,performances,reviews and mapworks. Go to : www.livingmaps.review
This includes public lectures, seminars, walks, exhibitions, screenings, charettes and workshops . Events are usually held monthly in a variety of venues in London . Podcasts of most events are available on the website.
RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY, EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Our team of experts have many years of experience in the field of community mapping and participatory action research. We provide bespoke training programmes for public sector and voluntary organisations, modules for undergraduate and post graduate courses and, professional development workshops for teachers, youth workers and community workers, plus architects and urban planners
COMMUNITY MAPPING PROJECTS
Speaking Out of Place: a multi-faceted project working with the new community in the post Olympic athletes village in Stratford East London. It includes a Young Persons Map and Guide to the Olympic Park : www.OurEast20.london. A video made with local youth exploring their sense of identity and belonging and a community photography project: To view the You tube video, click here: Speaking out of Place
The Groundbreakers is a series of audio heritage trails telling the back story of the Olympic Park, its archaeology, its environmental and social history and its transformation to become the main venue of the 2012 Games. Further information on Livingmaps website.
Citizens Atlas of London : a network of citizen mappers located in the ‘opportunity areas’, designated by the London 2050 infrastructure plan.The network will collaborate on the production of an online Atlas, mapping the past, present and future of these regeneration areas and, outlining an alternative vision of the city. The Atlas is supported by a toolkit of educational and campaigning resources and public lecture series. Further information on Livingmaps website
For further information about our activities, and to contact the management team see website:http://www.livingmaps.org.uk