Mapping Edges is a transdisciplinary
research studio with expertise in
design and cultural research,
ethnography, visual communication,
design thinking and permaculture.

Mapping Edges is a transdisciplinary research studio with expertise in design and cultural research, ethnography, visual communication, design thinking and permaculture.

We map what happens
at the edge of cultural
process and practices,
where the local grips
the global, and the
global is grounded in
the local.

MAPPING EDGES:

NOUN.

A. a transdisciplinary research studio.
B. methodology to map process and practices in given institutions, spaces and networks.
C. a process of inquiry in the way design practices contribute to shape public discourse/public culture/civic life.

Mapping Edges is a transdisciplinary research studio with expertise in design and cultural research, ethnography, visual communication, design thinking and permaculture. We are inspired by and apply permaculture design principles to a variety of contexts, generating a holistic understanding and possibilities of intervention to create sustainable, abundant and stable systems. We experiment with edges as transition zones between different ecosystems; interfaces between mediums, projects and processes on the margin of activities where it is possible to cross-pollinate, tinker and develop alternatives.

We map what happens at the edge of cultural processes and practices, where the local grips the global, and the global is grounded in the local.

We identify what emerges from encounters happening in an edge.

We create spaces of transitions: spaces where the multiplicity of people, things, plants, animals, technologies, ideas can generate a swirl.

We develop methodologies to make sense of the present and imagine counterpoints for the future.

We are inspired by and apply permaculture design principles to a variety of contexts, generating a holistic understanding and possibilities of intervention to create sustainable, abundant and stable systems. We experiment with edges as transition zones between different ecosystems; interfaces between mediums, projects and processes on the margin of activities where it is possible to cross-pollinate, tinker and develop alternatives.

 

Our Projects

Selamat Datang! Welcome to Indonesian Australian Design Futures!

This project brings Indonesian and Australian designers together for international exchange, ideas and skills sharing, workshops, a community hack-a-thon, and most importantly, imagining new design futures.

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Mapping Marickville

As part of a WalkingLab residency called “Walking with Seeds”, walkinglab.org, we are mapping the plant life and human life of Marrickville. We have planned a walk on 8 October. We have also been supported by Inner West Council to produce a book about the process.

https://walkinglab.org/

PUBLICATIONS

The Transcultural Edge

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The Transcultural Edge, Special Issue PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/portal/issue/view/372   Critical writing about transculturation has a long history in Latin American studies, and more recently the concept has been used to analyse the effects of globalization. This article takes as its point of departure the Latin American genealogy of the idea, and […]

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Mapping Hybrid Design Participation in Sydney, Reflections on Creativity: Public engagement and the making of place, Arte Polis, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, pp. 123-131.

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As in the city of Bandung, the making of place in Sydney (Australia) is now considered by policymakers to be inseparable from creative industries such as design and architecture. This paper focuses on one particular category of creative practitioners: designers, in particular those designers who don’t accept and contribute to the same broad vision of […]

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Designing Futures in Indonesia, PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol. 13, no. 2.

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Design is a wide reaching and unruly idea, often associated with seamless global mobility, ubiquitous consumerism, elite urban tastes, and fast paced economic growth. But design is also increasingly understood to be operating at edges, as a necessary response to the ethical and political challenges of advanced global capitalism. Design is both the problem and […]

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WHAT WE’RE READING

A Philosophy of Walking, Frédéric Gros

By: Alexandra Crosby Jun 14 '17 Date: June 14, 2017 Comments: 0

I just finished reading ‘A Philosophy of Walking’ for obvious reasons. Mapping Edges are avid walkers, and philosophers of walking. The book is a wonderful meditation on what walking does for thinking. Gros begins with the proposition that walking is not a sport, and then he meanders through history (albeit mostly Western male history), telling […]

Tomorrow: Demain

By: Alexandra Crosby Apr 07 '17 Date: April 7, 2017 Comments: 0

With a few recommendations, we went to the Sydney French Film Festival to see Tomorrow, a 2015 documentary by Melanie Laurent and Cyril Dion. The film presents five chapters, each telling a local activist story that addresses the global challenges of Agricultue, Energy, Economy, Democracy, and Education. Predictably, the agriculture chapter was most interesting to […]

Gluten by Jessica Barnes

By: Ilaria Mar 19 '17 Date: March 19, 2017 Comments: 0

We read Jessica Barnes entry ‘Gluten’ in the Lexicon for an Anthropocene Yet Unseen, published by Cultural Anthropology. Barnes begins with a deceptively simple question: what does the Anthropocene taste like? This is an excellent starting point to imagine a series of material, semiotic, and sensory entanglements and assemblages generated in the Anthropocene (if we want to use this concept as a place-holder).



Dr. Ilaria Vanni Accarigi

Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program
Core Member, CCS - Cosmopolitan Civil Societies

BA (Hons) (UNISI), MA (UNISI), PhD (UNSW)

E: Ilaria.Vanni@uts.edu.au
P: +61 2 9514 7428
ORCID: 0000-0003-2795-8465

Dr. Alexandra Crosby

Lecturer, School of Design
Course Director, Interdisciplinary Design, School of Design

BA (UTS) International Studies,
B. Design, PhD (International Studies)

E: Alexandra.Crosby@uts.edu.au
P: +61 2 9514 8016
ORCID: 0000-0001-8959-7971

Dr. Ilaria Vanni Accarigi

Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program
Core Member, CCS - Cosmopolitan Civil Societies

BA (Hons) (UNISI), MA (UNISI), PhD (UNSW)

E: Ilaria.Vanni@uts.edu.au
P: +61 2 9514 7428
ORCID: 0000-0003-2795-8465

Dr. Alexandra Crosby

Lecturer, School of Design
Course Director, Interdisciplinary Design, School of Design

BA (UTS) International Studies,
B. Design, PhD (International Studies)

E: Alexandra.Crosby@uts.edu.au
P: +61 2 9514 8016
ORCID: 0000-0001-8959-7971

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