detour 310_via Methods Lab
K LAB, 2020
Methods Lab. 17 January 2020, 09:30 – 11:00, PlanWirtschaft (PlaWi), TU Berlin.
After warming up with the practical mapping exercise in the field and the plenary on Day 1, the Methods Lab provided a space to deepen the discussions in a more intimate circle of about 40 participants. In a world where smart techno-managerial solutions are increasingly perceived as the panacea for solving global socio-environmental problems, we discussed together with Cindi Katz and Philippe Rekacewicz if and how the frameworks of Feminist Data Visualisation and Counter-topographies can help design mapping processes that are able to communicate complexity, rethink binaries and focus on pluralisms and dissensus approaches. We discussed how mapping processes can be designed to strengthen the agendas of unusual suspects who bring alternatives - new ‘HOWs’ - to current methodological tools (e.g. indicators) and pre-set institutional frameworks (alias “safe, sustainable, resilient, and inclusive cities” approaches). In addition, we focused on how mapping can be a means for communicating intellectual projects that make political stances.
For pictures of the session and the names of participants see detour 306_via a January encounter, and for more information about the agenda and structure of the workshop see entry 3.1 Anticolonial Mapping
Cindi Katz and Philippe Rekacewicz
Katleen De Flander
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