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Urbway 

Ethnography, urban space and dérive
Margarida Correia
The DATA

Ethnographic data
Urban space
Dérive
Routes
Discovery

Maps and mobile application

The use and the experience of public space are an integral part of the identity of a city. The geographical proximity and the diversity of ethnic groups that inhabit the city gives rise to different habits and behaviors, which can be translated into ethnographic data. This dimension — the occupation of the urban place by those who inhabit it — can eventually be hidden in our first perception of the city. In order to reveal it, the Urbway project proposes a rediscovery of the city through the eye of those who live it daily. Accordingly, it aims to incite wandering (dérive) by revealing alternative routes in Lisbon, as a strategy for its rediscovery.

In terms of collection of ethnographic data, the project is based on a sample of personal interest points, obtained through a questionnaire and collected on a limited network of personal contacts. The data is then geographically represented according to a categorization of its typology and ethnographic value. As a result, Urbway integrates physical maps, which can be used to navigate the city, according to different categories, and a digital map in the form of a mobile application with geo-localization. According to this process of creating a ethnographic database, this project can be seen as the starting point for the development of a data collection system, through a private network, and the consequent creation of maps that seek to incite a renewed experience of different urban spaces.

 


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