Co/Lab engages in a number of types of research projects that use mapping as a central component to simultaneously analyze and interrogate the research findings. We also use mapping as a means to engage the public in conversations about urban planning, transportation, collective history and meaning through participatory mapping projects that act as an anecdotal survey of public opinion and perspective. As both an activity and an artifact, the activity of mapping foregrounds “truth” and gives visual evidence of the many truths that can exist simultaneously, thereby opening up a space for discussion and dialogue.
Projects that Co/Lab engages range from the theoretical to the practical. We have run mapping workshops, created interactive mapping platforms, and developed participatory exhibitions. We have partnered with academic units, city planners and officials, and community groups to engage in mapping-based research and dissemination around issues such as food systems, urban planning, urban history, and transportation.