The Decolonial Mapping Toolkit is a digital mapping project that models the decolonization of the mapping process.

It begins this process of decolonization by establishing a participatory spatial platform through which various community stakeholders—from teachers, students and artists, to architects and urban planners—can move beyond mere confrontation of the past, towards reconceiving the present and effecting their emergent visions of a decolonized future.

Pairing interactive digital maps with collaborative research, participatory public programming and artistic response, the Decolonial Mapping Toolkit is a design initiative, a learning site, and a call to action. As a design initiative, it assists users in fundamentally shifting their historical, cultural and political perspective. As a historical research and learning site, it encourages a collective process of critical inquiry from a bottom-up perspective, or what is known as “People's History.” As a call to action, it models a generative approach to digital mapmaking, de-centering the perspective of the traditional cartographer, stretching far beyond the idea of mapping as an archival process, and welcoming planners, architects, artists, teachers, and youth to share their responses to these histories and their contemporary legacies.

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