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 Public Participation through Mapping: Green Map System and Sociotope mapping -Case Study: Green Map Bagarmossen, Stockholm
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Public participation within urban planning is one of the key issues for planning a sustainable city. In recent years, local authorities and citizen groups have enhanced citizen involvement in the planning process by building consensus and networks among stakeholders. Among all the methods for achieving such consensus and involvement, the author chose to focus upon a participatory mapping system which can visualize the status quo of city/community and represent the local knowledge explicitly on a map. The thesis focuses on two mapping systems implemented in Stockholm: Green Map System (GMS) and sociotope mapping. GMS has been developed as a citizen movement from N.Y. to the global level, whereas sociotope mapping has been established by the Stockholm planning office. The author participated in a Green Map (GM) project in Bagarmossen, Stockholm, as an action researcher, and a new tool for community evaluation (modified from the value rose by Arken) was created for improving the mapping process in GMS. The two mapping systems are compared within the thesis, with regard to the power relation behind a map, mapping processes and mapping icons. The research notes that each map is created through the process of the interpretation of power and communication among different stakeholders. Sociotope maps represent an area by interpreting the voices from local citizens, planners and decision makers. Upon the basis of the case study, GM is a bottom-up mapping approach which represents the voice of locales more directly than sociotope mapping. By extracting the advantages of the two systems, integration of the two is suggested through consideration of the network building of stakeholders.


Key words: public participation, urban green space, power, sociotope mapping, Green Map System (GMS)


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2009. , 78 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-24853OAI: diva2:353632
Available from: 2010-09-28 Created: 2010-09-28 Last updated: 2010-09-28Bibliographically approved

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