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

Mapping Edges Project Sample #1

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/

Mapping Edges Project Sample #2

PUBLICATIONS

Value the Edge: Permaculture as Counterculture in Australia

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This paper considers permaculture as an example of counterculture in Australia. Permaculture is a neologism, the result of a contraction of ‘permanent’ and ‘agriculture’. In accordance with David Holmgren and Richard Telford definition quoted above, we intend permaculture as a design process based on a set of ethical and design principles. Rather than describing the […]

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Made in Marrickville: Enterprise and cluster dynamics at the creative industries-manufacturing interface, Carrington Road precinct

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Alexandra Crosby co-authored a report on Carrington Road, an area of Sydney’s Inner West Mapping Edges has been exploring in our research on disturbed landscapes in industrial zones of the city. The report is part of a broader project: ‘Urban Cultural Policy and the Changing Dynamics of Cultural Production’. Sydney is one of three Australian […]

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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

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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

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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

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Zones and edges at the 57th Venice Biennale: Bonnie Ora Sherk’s Evolution of Life Frames: past, present, future

By: Ilaria Oct 29 '17 Date: October 29, 2017 Comments: 0

This post is not exactly about reading books, although books are present, but about reading an installation and a major art event through the lens of permaculture. The photo above is from the project Unpacking My Library at the 57th Venice Biennale. Inspired by Walter Benjiamin’s 1931 essay, this project allowed all participating artists (including dead […]

Marrickville Backyards

Marrickville Backyards

By: Alexandra Crosby Jul 30 '17 Date: July 30, 2017 Comments: 0

This book, Marrickville Backyards, was necessary preparatory reading for our field work in Marrickville. Published in 2001 by Marrickville Community History Group, with only a small print run, this book is not easy to get your hands on. We found it through Sydney’s much-loved Gould’s Book Arcade. Our second hand copy comes with a note on […]

A Philosophy of Walking, Frédéric Gros

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 […]

Dr. Ilaria Vanni Accarigi

Associate Professor of International Studies

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

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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