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TOPIC: Searching for a Panelist to Discuss Community Mapping & Brownfields

I'm looking for one more person to speak during a panel discussion I'm putting together for the Brownfields Conference happening in Philly from 4/3 - 4/5, for more information visit The presentations and discussion will take place from 11:15am - 12:30pm on Tuesday, April 5th. There will be three speakers on the panel, each person will speak for 10-15 minutes, and then we will open up the discussion to the audience. The panel topic is described below. If you are interested in being on the panel or would like to suggest a qualified speaker, please email me at info[at]habitatmap[dot]org. Thanks!

"Brownfield Pastries: What Community Mapping Can Tell Us About Industrial Lands"
The French sociologist Henri LeFebvre wrote that urban space has a structure like that of a "flaky pastry", wherein social spaces interpenetrate and superimpose themselves upon one another. In The Production of Space he asks "How many maps . . . might be needed to deal exhaustively with a given space, to code and decode all its meanings?". Community mapping embraces the flaky pastry metaphor by representing spaces not as singularly defined locations but as places that are multiply (re)constructed through the activities and personal narratives of the people who live in an area. During this panel, practitioners will discuss how community mapping projects can inform the brownfield redevelopment process by providing rich contextual information about particular sites and their relationship to the evolving sociality of the neighborhood.

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