Mapping as an Analytic, Synthetic and Formative Research Tool
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Equity, Access and Urban Development
DIY Cartography examines issues of equity, access and urban development.
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Participatory Mapping
Collaborative, Co-Creative and Generative Mapping for data collection and examination
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About co-Lab

Co-Lab is a collaborative faculty initiative in the College of Design @ NC State University that uses mapping as a critical and participatory research tool. Co-Lab’s current publications explore both the theory and application of mapping as a critical research tool, participatory mapping as a dialectical engagement device, and the value of mapping and visualization in fields outside of design, architecture and urban planning. Embedded in this initiative is a new theory of critical placemaking that builds upon the rich heritage of participatory design, placemaking and critical cartography. The value of placemaking underpins a perspective that promotes citizen/community agency and dialectical engagement in design decisions.

Teaching

Our studios and seminars use techniques of mapping—analyzing and making meaning of raw data—as a comparative analytic tool and as a way to uncover hidden meanings between data and reality.

projects

We use critical cartography and participatory mapping to engage communities in dialogue and discourse about the past, present and future of the build environment. 

writing

Through writing we discuss the many ways that mapping and visualization enhance critical research, while also acting as rhetorical devices that shape the way that we understand and act upon it. 

Latest Posts

Dancing Districts by Devan Feeney

DANCING DISTRICTS: DECODING POLITICAL BOUNDARIES IN NORTH CAROLINA & REDISTRICTING AND GERRYMANDERING IN NORTH CAROLINA Are voters choosing their lawmakers or are lawmakers choosing their voters?

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Critical Infrastructures by Lauren Woodard

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURES: GROWTH AND INTERSECTION & CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURES: THE FIRST GENERATION Utility infrastructures wind and cut through North Carolina’s landscape, intersecting and overlapping to create a vast and intricate

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Textile Footprints by Amron Lee

EVOLUTION OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY IN THE TRIANGLE & TEXTILE FOOTPRINTS FROM THE “NEW SOUTH” INDUSTRIAL ERA After the Civil War, the South began to transition from

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Green Network by Jessica Klink

GREEN NETWORK: FORESTLANDS, PARKS AND THEIR CONNECTIONS This series of maps provides a visual analysis and representation of the extensive green spaces in the Triangle

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