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Cartography is both ascience and art dedicated to the drawing of maps. In the 18th and 19th century, cartographers (aka map-makers) ventured into territories that were considered unknown, at least from a Western perspective. It is important to acknowledge that the Cartography during that period is linked to colonialism and imperialism. 


It  is time to rediscover the power of Cartography. Rather than looking at  far-away place, we want to encourage you to look at your own community with new eyes. In five steps, you will become a cartographer of your hometown, neighbourhood or region and its resources. For each step, you have access to resources and templates to help you along the way.


Not sure why you should  get started  with the Cartography? Read our case studies as an inspiration.



Before you get started

You are eager to establish a flourishing and productive community of citizens, makers, designers, and other ventures that promotes circular innovation. A community that enables local production of valuable goods your city needs to thrive.


Our goal is within reach! But before we get there, let's start by understanding what circularity truly means for your neighbourhood or city. What local challenges do you need to overcome to create a thriving urban environment? As the facilitator of circular innovation communities, it's important to have a comprehensive understanding of the context of your urban ecosystem.


So, what can you do? Your first step is to use the urban ecosystem mapping template to determine whether your city or neighbourhood is within the safe boundaries of regional social and ecological parameters. Once you have completed your research, you can return to the template and develop a plan based on your findings.

Resources & materials


Urban Ecosystem Mapping Workshop (MIRO template or as an offline workshop kit )

A workshop based on the idea of planetary boundaries to map potential ecological overshoots and social shortcomings of your neighbourhood

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