Parkdale Gentrification Visualization


mapping; participatory design; critical visualization; data visualization; critical cartography; gentrification; critical assemblage; digital humanities; post-critical design; case study; participatory action research
Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS)
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
Joshua Akers, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Martine August, University of Waterloo

Sponsored by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada

The Parkdale Gentrification Visualization Project will focus on data visualization and design practice as applied to the visual representation gentrification as a site of inquiry. Working with Parkdale Community Legal Services and other community organizations, the project will recruit participants from the Parkdale neighbourhood for a series of workshops on gentrification, municipal data, and visualization and mapping.

The project will involve three stages: community consultation and planning; research, data collection and analysis; creation and presentation.

Possible outcomes may include: an online collection of maps and stories detailing the gentrification process and displacement it causes; a large projection of expressive maps displayed publicly during the annual Nuit Blanche event; a series of lectures, workshops, or presentations with the Parkdale Community Land Trust.