The City Through Cartograph


Giving Data Empathy | Alex Hill
Tuesday February 6; 5:30pm-7:30pm
Nothing is more important than giving data context. Spreadsheets are great for compiling, but not very helpful in understanding data or being persuaded by it. The majority of data that we see isn’t shared in raw form for that very reason. We often see data in dashboards, infographics, and other visuals. I am constantly thinking about how to make maps and data more focused on people, their stories, and the impacts that those numbers represent. It is a constant battle working with data and numbers every day and one that is most often overlooked by organizations that are focused on utilizing big data and attempting to turn a city around. Materials will be provided.
Time Traveling in Ink | Lyz Luidens
Thursday February 15; 5:30pm-7:30pm
In this workshop we will make collograph maps of the landmarks we travel around most often in the city. A collograph is a type of print made out of collaged items - we’ll be using flat items, like cardstock, ribbon, thread, tape, etc. We’ll then use a reductive monoprinting technique to overlay our routes over our collographs of the city! Materials will be provided.
How to Read Maps | Alex Hill
Tuesday February 20; 5:30pm-7:30pm
In a world full of data visualization and maps, through the shares, likes, and retweets we have never seen maps appear and educate as much as they do right now. Maps are an engaging way to visualize data and gain knowledge, but need to be viewed with a critical eye. Participants will be lead through a discussion on the history and creation of maps. Following the discussion, participants will get to use their new critical map reading skills to examine historic and current maps. Materials will be provided.
Memory Map Monoprints I Lyz Luiden
Thursday March 1; 5:30pm-7:30pm
In this workshop, we’ll use specific prompts to create a visual map of a specific memory in Detroit. We’ll print multiple times on one paper, creating a layered images, each layer representing a different part of the experience. Additive Monoprinting is often referred to as the most painterly printmaking technique, and very good for improvisation. Materials will be provided.
QGIS101 I Alex Hill
Tuesday March 6; 5:30pm-7:30pm
We produce incredible amounts of data daily while at the same time we ARE the data. In this hands-on workshop participants will learn and apply Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping techniques commonly used by those practicing in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Attendees will need to bring a laptop.
Timeline Mapping I Lyz Luidens
Thursday March 15; 5:30pm-7:30pm
In this workshop, we’ll be choosing one specific place in Detroit (as specific as your home, or as broad as a whole neighborhood). We’ll be making several prints of this one place at different points in time, as your relationship with the location or the physical location itself has changed. We can create several different prints to show this time passing, or layer our prints on top of one another to show the passing of time and the ways the city has changed. To create these prints, we’ll be using Styrofoam to create relief prints, as well as having the option of adding collograph and monoprint elements to our visual timelines. Materials will be provided.
Public Space Printing I Lyz Luidens
Tuesday March 20; 5:30pm-7:30pm
In this workshop, we’ll be choosing memories that happened in public spaces in Detroit; parks, streets, bus stops, libraries, etc. We’ll be creating relief printing blocks out of Styrofoam to create our maps. Materials will be provided.


AIA Michigan: Evelyn Dougherty  I  Curator: Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
DETROITography: Alex Hill  I  Detroit Atlas Collaboration: Lyz Luidens

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