(Built) Environment Justice: Exploring our Neighborhoods for Exclusionary Practices through Map-making / (Konstruierte) Umweltgerechtigkeit: Erforschung ausgrenzender Praktiken durch Karten
2019-08-08, 15:00–17:30, Main tent

“We shape our buildings. Thereafter, our buildings shape us.”

Societies infuse their ideas and values in the way they live and the places they live. This is one of the reasons why architecture and cities are an important resource to learn about past societies. They also mirror the society’s various divisions based on gender, race, caste and class.

If biases and discriminatory practices form a part of the things embedded in our built environment, they may influence the worldviews and behaviour of people who inhabit them, which are carried on into the future consciously or subconsciously, becoming a part of the norm.

What may be the impact of such exclusionary practices? Do they only lead to segregation of one identity from another, or do they also restrict the access of the marginalized/suppressed groups to the common resources and infrastructure?

Local environment and access to natural resources have played a critical role in the comparative development of different societies. How does this play out on a micro level in the comparative development of different groups within a single society?

To continue this discourse, we will explore the presence of such exclusionary practices in our own neighbourhoods by making their qualitative maps on different scales. We will mark the spaces used and occupied by marginalized groups and the physical elements that contribute to their segregation on these maps. These will be juxtaposed to various civic and social infrastructures and natural resources, to generate patterns of physical manifestations of social exclusion in the built environment.

Each participant will then share their findings. We shall deliberate upon the ideas of social, environmental, and ‘spatial’ justice, and try to imagine how we can have more equitable, sustainable and inclusionary models of development. The open-ended discussion will be interjected with examples and case studies.


Gesellschaften tragen ihre Werte in die Orte an denen sie leben. Unsere Städte spiegeln die soziale Ungleichheit durch Exklusion in der gebauten Umgebung wider. Beschränkt diese exklusive Praxis den Zugang zu gemeinen Ressourcen und Infrastruktur für marginalisierte Gruppen? Durch das Erstellen von qualitativen Karten unserer Viertel, werden wir Muster physischer Erscheinungsformen sozialer Exklusion in der gebauten Umgebug um uns finden, gefolgt von Überlegungen zu zahlreichen Entwicklungsideen.


Prerequisites for participants – Participants should have personal phones/devices with live access to Google maps or any other similar web resource during the workshop. No previous knowledge, except an awareness of your own neighbourhood/region, is required.