UNI 102 - Community Mapping - Pt 1 (2012)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Community Mapping session 1
seeing our neighbourhood geography
link to: | session 2

Environmental Studies | session 1 | session 2


Instructors: Ken Josephson (Community Mapping Initiative; Geography - Cartographer, Graphic Designer/Artist) & Dr. Brenda Beckwith (Environmental Studies Senior Lab Instructor)


  • The Community Planning Game: Our Dream Communities
  • Break
  • Community Mapping and Sense of Place; art and community engagement and empowerment

Reflection Questions:

  1. What do you personally think are signs of healthy sustainable communities or neighbourhoods?
  2. What does 'sense of place' mean to you?
  3. What characteristics, features or attributes contribute to a strong sense of, or attachment to, a 'place'?

Past UNI 102 projects

  • Making a Sense of Place: Portland
  • Reverse Graffiti
  • Reverse Graffiti Hits the Streets of Porto Alegre, Brazil by Cameron Scott, 06/15/10
    Reverse graffiti — removing paint or dirt from a wall to create a pattern — is a hot trend internationally, and many cities have had a hard time figuring out how to handle it legally. Inhabitat reader Aislan pointed us to this cool video of graffiti artists removing exhaust on the tunnel walls to write “For a Clean Porto Alegre.” Police show up, hear the invisible inkers make their case, and end up shielding them from traffic while they work! Is reverse graffiti the same as conventional graffiti, since removing the images can be difficult? It ought to depend on whether paint, or just car exhaust, is removed, and whether the reverse writing is potentially offensive. Police in the fast-growing Brazilian city of Porto Alegre seemed to agree when they came upon these reverse taggers at work in a traffic tunnel. Vehicles are the biggest source of air pollution in Porto Alegre, so the message is right on target.


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