Written by: Luis Felipe Moreno and Gioel Gioacchino; Edited By: Anna Wolrhab

This exercise helps people reflect on their connection to space in the community. Participants are invited to draw the map of their neighbourhood based on their personal history. This mapping technique helps researchers, as well as participants, to understand how the physical space of a community intertwines with people’s lived experiences.

Our experience using this technique: 

This technique is a mix between a mapping exercise utilized by Recrear and  another one developed by Luis Felipe at the Institute for the Protection of Children and Youth (IDIPRON) in Bogotá, Colombia. At IDIPRON, the exercise was used in a study  researching the relationship between a Hip Hop group and a new community integration strategy called ‘Armemos Parche’.

Research and Development:

What are we trying to understand about the community?
Why is it important for the community’s development?
At what stage(s) of the research cycle is this method used?


What do I need?
How long does it take?
Step-by-step description

Benefits and Challenges

What are the benefits of using this technique?
What are the challenges of using this technique?


Tips and Traps :

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