Radical Geography and Advocacy Mapping
Gonzalo J. Lopez
Gonzalo J. Lopez, adjunct associate professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture and cofounder of KnitKnot architecture, has recently published “Radical Geography and Advocacy Mapping: The Case of the Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute (1968–1972)” in the Journal of Planning History. The article explores the Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute (DGEI), a methodology based on teaching neighborhood residents the skills of a folk geographer to help them improve their built environments, and focuses on the necessity of revisiting the geographical expedition format today and its influence on participatory urban planning practices and advocacy mapping.
Image credit: “Direction of Money Transfers in Metropolitan Detroit.” Fitzgerald: Geography of a Revolution by William Bunge (University of Georgia, 2011).