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Wednesday, October 11 • 10:40am - 12:00pm
Cartographic Narratives I | Récits cartographiques I

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Tweeted Places as Topological Spaces: An Urban Plaza as Case Study | Les lieux gazouillés comme espaces topologiques : étude de cas d’une place urbaine
Presenter: Emory Shaw, Concordia University
Copresenter: Sebastien Caquard, Concordia University
We increasingly witness and engage in geographies mediated by social media, which is changing how we experience and produce places. This raises questions about how place is conceived as well as the politics underlying its images. I present a case study of Place Émilie-Gamelin in Montreal: a plaza located atop the city's busiest transport hub. Despite its geographic centrality, it is a liminal space appropriated by marginalized groups and contentious political movements. Recently, it has been subject to a city-led revitalization program with intentions of attracting party-goers and tourists. I explore these evolving and conflicting representations by articulating how their aggregation by theme and function can inform us about complex places. I aim to untangle the relationships between virtual representation and physical witness by showing how they anticipate and follow key events and arise from distinct mobilities and geographies, providing more nuanced and relational cartographic representations of places.

Visualizing Informal Transit | Visualiser les transports en commun informels
Presenter: Sarah Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mobile technologies and web maps have changed the way people navigate cities. Beyond enabling travelers to plan routes across transportation modes, mobile tech has also become a tool for communities to trace, map, visualize-and transform-their transit systems. In 2012, the Civic Data Design lab collaborated on a participatory mapping project using mobile phones to trace city-wide bus routes for Nairobi's Matatus bus system. Since posting our methods online, the project has inspired groups in other cities to modify these accessible mapping techniques and to take on projects in their own locales. We find that these projects-spanning cities across the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East-go beyond a traditional focus of using maps to increase knowledge and incentivizing ridership. Beyond building increased awareness, these groups of mappers have used their maps as powerful advocacy symbols and as strategies to change perceptions of legitimacy around semi-formal transit systems.

Mapping the History of North Carolina's Bull City | Cartographier l’histoire de la Bull City de Caroline du Nord
Presenter: Tim Stallmann, Independent Cartographer
In this presentation, I'll share on-going work to map 150 years of housing history in Durham for a large public history exhibit. We're developing a range of innovative approaches to historical maps, including 3D-printed maps of areas destroyed by urban renewal, using city directories to reconstruct the daily lives of oral history interviewees, and reconstructing detailed demographics using the long-form census releases. The presentation will include sharing these techniques, some practical lessons learned as well as telling some of the Bull City's story.

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Aileen Buckley

Cartographer, Esri, Inc.
Dr. Aileen Buckley is a Professional Cartographer and has been making maps for over 30 years. Her PhD is from Oregon State University, she was on the faculty at University of Oregon, and she is currently an adjunct professor at University of Redlands. Dr. Buckley has published an... Read More →


Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:40am - 12:00pm
Salons 6 & 7, Level 3
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