Urban Education Live – August 25

Join us for a presentation and discussion of the UEL initiative in Venice.

August 25, 14:00, Turning Tables, Palazzo Mora, Strada Nuova 3659, Venezia, Italy 

After some time working under the radar it is a good feeling to invite people to an event that marks a more public part of an initiative that started out with a quick idea – and an EU application – that hatched in the February darkness of Finland and turned into a initiative involving partners from Tampere, Sheffield, Ljubljana and Bucharest.

The project is in short a more integrated – super site specific – collaboration between universities and urban communities. Our EU application is now through to the final round and the discussion in Venice is a way to sharpen our arguments in a final project proposal. But it is also to look further and develop the initiative not least by getting involved in new networks.



June Update

IMG_5344The past half year has been very interesting. I have begun to teach and more importantly develop new educational formats with the School of Architecture, Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland.

The first step in this process was the two week workshop: Mapping Urbanity with both lectures and talks on perception, appropriation, mapping and urbanity but most importantly a number of hands on exercises on the ground which is rather challenging in the dark Finnish winter. See pictures from the area – or the zone – here. Continue reading “June Update”

LiveMapping – Case study

A collection of screenshot from a LiveMapping done in Hedehusene in the western suburbs of Copenhagen in 2012. The mapping was done both with street interviews and small interventions such as public meetings, walks and being part of a local market. Especially our street kitchen was an important tool as a mobile base.


Continue reading “LiveMapping – Case study”

Mapping tool progress


Our collaboration with Mapcentia is showing results. Take a look on a live map of tweets from Manhatten NYC here. And a map (above) showing the results from the recent local elections in Denmark with twitter feed here.

We are currently having some problems with the maps – we are working on some new and even better maps. In the meantime you can have a look here. It is a map that students of Landscape and Urban design did as their first analysis of Hedehusene.

The links show how the very basic part of the mapping tool “harvest” geotagged tweets and show their #hashtags in different sizes according to how often the same #hashtag occurs.

The link that shows the live situation on Manhattan is “crowdsourced”. The CiTyBee mapping tool is more thought to be “curated” where it shows the stories that have been collected “on the ground” (the 1 : 1 mapping) Based on the “curated” map the crowdsoured map can take off and create an urban dialogue.

See more on our thoughts about mapping here.

CiTyBee online mapping tool

CiTyBee has started to make an old dream real. In collaboration with MapCentia.com we are now developing an online mapping tool that boosts the efforts to tell stories “in and about the city”. Have a sneak view on a first trial version that is using the stories told on walks and public meetings in Hedehusene 2012 here. Stay tuned for further developments



Most of our activities were documented with video. We used a modified iPhone setup which was handy and discrete, but despite using a good mic our sound quality was never very good.

Some of the video material was roughly edited and uploaded to our Vimeo site. Stickers with QR codes led to a Google Map where points on the map would link to the relevant video about that place.




We have used mapping as a tool in our work in many different ways, first with Supertanker and now with CiTyBee. Read more about the background for how we work with mapping here

In our prototype in Hedehusene in 2012 we used no high tech GPS or smartphones. Even though we would like to do that, we think that mapping starts  with just being in public space using the best sensor for the rich sensory and emotional diversity of the city: ourselves and our senses.

We do 1 : 1 Mapping, Street Map and Patterns of Possibilities

1 : 1 Mapping

Our Street tool Box is an important instrument in our 1:1 mapping. It allows us to get around and be in public space, talk to local people and start to map the space through narratives and dialogue.


The mapping became both a way of documenting stories “in about urban spaces” but it also allowed us to meet the people on their “home turf”, giving importance to a particular space. Many of the people that we met through this interaction would later go on to being involved in future dialogue and offshoots.


By instantly putting up new signs or “Street Whiteboards” we would create a 1:1 map that documented the dreams, needs and interests for that space.


With the new signs and the Street Kitchen we also want to create a situation that shows how a space can be taken or appropriated in order to inspire people to dream of other ways this space could be.


Street Map

We use a big transportable map that can be moved around and stickers that function in a similar way to the “Street Whiteboards”.


The Street Map became a feature on the monthly market in Hedehusene. It was a popular occasion for people to tell stories and point out the places related to the stories. Again the stickers are used to immediately document what has been said and encourage those who arrive later to react on what has been said earlier.


Patterns of Possibilities

By the time of the first public meeting the map has become quite full with keywords that document the many stories. (This is where technology might come in handy)


The map shows how many views and stories different places have and that these stories often see the same place in different ways. The map visualises the many different voices of the community and most importantly gives people a way of acknowledging these other voices. This gives a more nuanced and constructive discussion based on a better mutual understanding…hence a dialogue is created!!!


People are given little blue stickers to mark what they think is important. The result is that “Patterns of Possibilities” start to emerge on the map showing the important areas and themes. This is the starting point for the rest of the public meeting that will look at what to focus on and how to act on it. Finally the new ideas and suggestions are documented on the map.