The seminar intends to  critically assess spatial imbalance in housing, mobility and the public space at an urban district scale to develop strategies that may aid to decrease this inequalities.

The physical spaces in our cities are often unevenly distributed: housing shortage on the one hand, under-occupancy of apartments on the other / prioritization of private, motorized modes of transportation on the one hand, lack of space for more sustainable modes of mobility on the other. These are some of the contrasts that are discernible on various city scales, which consequently create gaps and pronounced forms of inequality. 

The seminar ‚MAP THE GAP‘ will focus on this imbalance at an urban district scale. Therefore, the first phase of the seminar will analyze the physical built environment by participatory mapping  and employing existing spatial data. Furthermore, the development of this phase centers on the organization of (public) space and the disparities that transpire in the selected areas of study. Consequently, the aim is to come up with strategies that may aid in overcoming the existing inequalities. 

The second phase of the seminar will focus on how to communicate these strategies to the public by developing visualization strategies that may take the format of an explanatory video or a graphical essay. However, knowledge of mapping and visualization techniques is not a requisite for the seminar as long as the participants are willing to get involved in the area of digital action research and focus on high-quality results.