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Place mapping with teenagers: locating their territories and documenting their experience of the public realm

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The purpose of this paper is to present, analyse and critique a research method, 'place mapping', used to document and understand teenagers' experience, use and perception of public spaces. Researchers in two case study sites, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Sacramento, CA, employed conventional street maps as a basis for eliciting and recording young people's spatial experiences. This method offers an effective mechanism for generating and structuring discussion - through dialogue - by the participants about their dynamic and shared experience of place, geographically recording places and ensuring equitable participation.

Keywords: adolescents; place mapping; public space; research methods; urban

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: OPENspace Research Centre, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK 2: Department of Environmental Design - Landscape Architecture Program, University of California, Davis, CA, USA 3: College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, NY, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2008


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