Mapping projects

Mapping places and connections

Below is a summary of the main mapping projects that led to development of the Exploring EC1 initiative. Other pages cover:


Personal collaborative projects


Since 2015 I've explored, with Drew Mackie and Barbara Brayshay, the use of geographic and network maps to help residents and others find out more about what's happening in their area, share ideas and information, and collaborate on improvements.


Overall the aim has been to experiment with different tools for gathering and displaying information about places, organisations and people. Put more grandly, it's about revealing the physical and social ecosystems of neighbourhoods. More here on that.

From 2015-2019 work was partly through the Networked City initiative, and partly through two local projects, one in Clerkenwell, and one in Thames Ward, Barking. I later developed maps in Clerkenwell, Farringdon and Smithfield. More on EC1 below.

Clerkenwell Commons

The idea of developing maps for EC1 started with some work in 2018 for the Clerkenwell Peel Institute, where Drew Mackie and I explored the use of both network and geographic maps to support what later became the Connecting Clerkenwell initiative. I also met up with Mike Franks, who I had helped, back in 1977, secure funding for a heritage trail. More here, in the EC1 Echo, together with the idea of Clerkenwell Commons.


Inspired by Mike’s ideas for Clerkenwell Commons, I set up this site, which includes:


Culture Mile

I also used Esri storymaps to create

Culture Mile is the City of London’s new cultural district, stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate. Led by the City of London Corporation, with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London, the five partners are together creating a vibrant, creative area in the north-west corner of the Square Mile. More here about +Culture Mile

Click images to open this map and the others

Mapping Urban Wild Places

Further north in Islington, in 2020 Drew Mackie and I worked with Octopus Communities, a network of community centres, to develop maps and stories about their Urban Wild Places and We Can Grow projects to support community gardens. The aim was to show, for an evaluation report, how work on the projects had yielded both environmental benefits and new networks of social connections.

We set up a simple Google sites website to host:


Create Streets interactive maps

In 2020 I worked with Create Streets in Thames Ward and EC1 to set up versions of their mapping system which enabled people, very simply, to highlight problems or opportunities for improvement (Thames Ward) or favourite places (EC1).

Exploring EC1

Smithfield Market is due to move to a new location in Dagenham Dock within the next decade, and before that some of the out-of-use market building will provide a new home for the Museum of London. Peter Bill covered the story for the March 2020 edition of the EC1 Echo

Peter's story nudged me to write a piece for the Echo about mapping the past, present the future of Smithfield, Farringdon and Clerkenwell, published in the May 2020 edition of the Echo. By that time the pandemic was gathering pace, and that slowed development of what has become Exploring EC1. More about that here. By then the proposed Centre for Music, illustrated here, had been abandoned - but plans for the Museum move and Culture Mile development continued.

Maps for exploring EC1

I'm currently experimenting with two mapping system - Maphub and Humap. I'm most grateful to Zsolt at Maphub, and Miriam and Martin at Humap, for free trials.

Maphub

Maphub is a free/low cost system that offers improvements on marker-based Google My Maps. Click map above to open the EC1 example. More here on Maphub pricing.

Humap

Humap is a sophisticated storymapping system used for the Layers of London project. Click map above to open the EC1 example. More here for Humap examples and pricing.