A participatory mapping project designed to explore the idea of emotional geography by engaging users to document and reflect on their transportation choices in Portland, Oregon
The primary tool of My PDX is a minimalist base map screen-printed on TyVek. 30 participants were asked to document and reflect on each trip they took within the city for a week. A color-coded key and markers were provided so the participants could annotate the paths of each transportation type they took. Participants analogously recorded their paths on a physical map as opposed to being digitally tracked with GPS. The emphasis was on the personal discovery through action and reflection. Photographs were taken of each participant and displayed with their completed map. This collection of personalized maps, reflections and photographs created portraits through transportation habits, revealing different versions and experiences of Portland.
My PDX was exhibited as an installation at PNCA and in book form in the Mapmakers Manifesto show at the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial.
Graphic Design, Photography, Screen Printing, Research
Zack Denfeld, Alister Fenix, Natalie Jeremijenko, Palmarin Merges, Peter Schoonmaker