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Urbanistica Cover n.131/2006

The project Parish maps in West Sussex

rappresentazione, representation, partecipazione,
partecipation, identità locale, local identity,
tools & information

Kim Leslie

The 'Parish map' or 'community map' are made by local people who know all about where they live. These representations are about local identity, about the features which make one place different from any other, the features that make it special. Unlike other maps usually produced for official, business and legal purposes, these record psychological, emotional and social values. This is what makes 'Parish maps' such an important environmental, sociological and historical record of our time. They are the bottom-up view of the local world. They have the potential to involve people in an active way as participants, rather than spectators.

This article appears in issue 131 of Urbanistica (pag. 90).