Are Here was a 3 hour workshop which culminated
in a map of the city center of Tornoto made from over
75 hand-drawn maps taped together. The map covered a
10 block radius of Toronto city center. This map was
made entirely of hand-drawn maps gathered from people
in the streets by asking for directions from point A
to point B, such that one comprehensive map could be
built from all the individual small maps. Over 75 maps
were gathered within a one hour period. There were four
groups of people sent out into 4 quadrants of our defined
area. After one hour we gathered in front of the city
cathedral to assemble the map. This lured many tourists
and passerby to inquire about our project. To our delight
many locals joined in to help us with the accuracy of
our assembled map. The map was presented on a wall in
the conference center. The workshop consisted of a group
of 30 people walking from the east side of Toronto to
the city center.
this walk we presented participatory design exercises;
Classification of Space, Sociograms and the like. You
Are Here was made in connection with a 3-day new
media conference in Toronto: Flash in the Can and was
presented on a wall in the conference room at the Westin
Harbor. Building a brigdge between tourist/local relations.
Are Here served
to foster Local/tourist relations shedding light on
the people of Toronto.
Most of the people who were asked for directions were
delighted to draw a map and many used it as a way to
express their local knowledge of local history by pointing
out landmarks or points of interest on their maps.