Mapping the City

Mapping the City

Workshop 3, September 4, 2021. Mapping the City. Taught by Prof. Dr. Tarini Bedi and Dr. Arunava Dasgupta

This workshop was conducted in collaboration between Tarini Bedi, an anthropologist from Chicago (Ill.) and Arunava Dasgupta. Using work from students and faculty of the Department of Urban Design at the School of Planning and Architecture, Dr Dasgupta revealed how the practice of mapping goes beyond mere documentation and weaves in historical trajectories and modes of knowledge and power that impact map-making as a means of place-making. The focus was on New Delhi and on cities in South India. 

Professor Bedi’s presentation focused specifically on ethnographic mapping that can complement the spatial mapping of designers and planners. The participants discussed several methods of such mapping such as participatory mapping, sounds maps, and un-mapping and decolonial approaches to mapping practices. 

Selected Resources: 

  1. Chief Kerry Moose (2000). Guidebook to Land Use and Occupancy Mapping Research, Design, and Data Collection
  2. Joshua F. Hoops (2020). “Ethnographic Mapping Discourses of Whiteness.” Communication Studies 71 (1): 112–27
  3. Dionne Brand (2001). A Map to the Door of No Return. Doubleday
  4. Kimberle Crenshaw (1991). “Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color.” Stanford Law Review,43(6): 1241-1299
  5. Shannon, Jerry, Ashantè M. Reese, Debarchana Ghosh, Michael J. Widener, and Daniel R. Block. (2021). “More Than Mapping: Improving Methods for Studying the Geographies of Food Access.” American Journal of Public Health 111 (8): 1418–22.
  6. Open Street map: