Ethnography, urban space and dérive
Margarida Correia

Ethnographic data
Urban space

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.