A small group of people came to MadLab for a low-key mapping party on the weekend of 17-18 September, as part of the celebration of 2011 Software Freedom Day (SFD). We took some prints from Walkingpapers and went around Northern Quarter.
One of the participants said that mapping allowed him to see the city he is so familiar with from different perspectives. He has heard that in the city centre there is very few public seating areas and a massive amount of CCTVs at every corner, so he paid particular attention to those objects. Mapping the locations of CCTVs and benches (public seating areas) politicises the map, and reflects the mapper’s concerns about a big brother society made of ubiquitous CCTVs and about lack of public seating space in an urban environment.
Another participant who is new to Manchester City said mapping gave her an excuse to go around the city and know the place better.
Given that Northern Quarter is being rapidly regenerated and redeveloped, the map badly needs an update because a lot of places have emerged and disappeared. We have added house numbers and POIs and after the mapping weekend the map around MadLab looks more complete (see a screenshot below). A big thank you to all participants!