Working Group “Hybrid Mapping Methods”
Mapping, or hybrid mapping methods offers the promise of an innovative solution for combining, analysing and visualising highly heterogeneous data within a single research programme. This has the effect of reducing complexity which can result from such combinations of quantitative and qualitative data, for example . ,In addition, the product of such analytical mapping processes provides a transparent and traceable ‘map’ of the analyses and interpretation within such multidimensional data combinations.
In our interdisciplinary working group, we critically discuss this promise by familiarizing ourselves with the common methods of mapping, reflecting on them theoretically and methodologically, and elaborating connections to existing social science methods in combination with practices from urban planning and architecture. Building on this, the objective of the working group is to develop and establish an independent interdisciplinary research program as a fundamental contribution to spatial research.
The institutional basis for this fruitful interdisciplinary exchange is the cooperation between TU Berlin and IRS within the framework of the CRC. As part of this exchange between architecture, urban planning and sociology, we are developing a programme which theoretically and empirically examines “hybrid mapping” methods. Among other aspects, we address the following questions: What makes hybrid mapping a hybrid methodical tool? What are the differences as well as connecting points to conventional cartography? What can hybrid mapping contribute to interdisciplinary spatial research?
In the working group we discuss spatial scientific and methodological literature on the one hand, while on the other we also interpret in data sessions with various mapping methods and consequently develop our own approaches.
The selection of topics and the agenda is decided at the end of each session based on questions arising from our discussions or upon request of participants. The meetings usually take place on a 4-week rhythm.