Mapping and visualising experience,
memory and history in Spitalfields
Information is cheap, but meaning is expensive.
Only human beings can tell you where it is.”
What can maps reveal? For three days in September, Kingston School of Art took over Spitalfields Market for London Design Festival. During that time I worked with illustrator Hannah McNally. We visualised a series of conversations with members of the public that explored their experiences of space, history and community in and around Spitalfields. Over the days we built up over 50 layers of information about Spitalfields.
The maps generated conversations, debate and differences of opinion. They also allowed people to look at the area from other peoples perspective, offering alternative narratives and histories. This work is part of an ongoing interest in visualising place-related knowledge, part of a wider investigation into the themes of regeneration and planning literacy.
I am currently working on a digital version of the map, filterable by theme.