Workshop 1

Heritage, public space and collaborative mapping: conceptions, practices and appropriations

  • Coordinators:
    • Dr. Eric DENIS (Geographer, Director of Géo-Cités, CNRS, EHESS, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Université Paris Cité, Paris)
    • Irene VALITUTTO (Architect/Urbanist, Phd Student at PRODIG, Paris)
  • Invited tutors (to be completed):
    • Dr. Suneela AHMED (Architect, NED, Karachi)
    • Dr. Rémi BOIVIN (Sociologist, Post-doctoral researcher, Paris)
    • Dr. Amen JAFFER (Sociologist, LUMS, Lahore)


This workshop focuses on several research methodologies, practical tools and fieldwork approaches used to collect information on different forms of urban heritages. It focuses more particularly on the multiple ways to capture, using participatory methods, various popular and local understandings of heritage emerging from ordinary practices.

After defining the different levels of understanding urban heritages and exposing different city case-studies. The workshop presents a series of open sources tools and resources for approaching on site build and living urban heritages. Participatory mapping, soundscape collection, commented walks and social relations mapping will be presented, as well as, the open source software Qfield and georeferenced photos’ collection and others softwares used on mobile phones during fieldwork in order to capture landmarks, spatial practices and mobilities.

While using these methodological tools on the field, students will be introduced to the principles of acquisition and extraction, but also to the interpretation of geographical information sourced from local fieldwork activity to better question the heritage as a tool for local development and a privileged support of urban policies.

W1 Schedule


9:30-10:15 Presentation of trainers and participants, objectives and structures of the workshop

Qualifying and studying heritageS on the ground

–          Heritages through the practices and claims of space (multiple forms of material and immaterial heritages)

–          Heritages and temporalities

–          What means heritage for the people? (translation questions)

–          Heritages for whom and to do what? (folklorisation…)

11:15-11:30 Coffee/tea break
11:30-13:00 Suneela Ahmed: Achieving localness within the Urban Paradigm: A tool for Urban Resilience to achieve maqamiat for Karachi
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:45 Irene Valitutto: Inhabitants’ engagement for reclaiming and re-appropriating the medina of Tunis heritage
15:45-16:00 Coffee/tea break
16:00-17:30 Rémi Boivin: Ecological approach of a musical scene in Marseille


9:30-11:15 Eric Denis, Irene Valitutto: Tools: participative and digital mapping: generating data from the ground
11:15-11:30 Coffee/tea break
11:30-13:00 Rémi Boivin, Irene Valitutto: Tools: capturing sound landscape; commented walks & photography
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:45 Fieldwork preparation – definition of project, location, tools and methodology
15:45-16:00 Coffee/tea break
16:00-17:30 Amen Jaffer: Mapping social relations as a method for urban and heritage research


9:30-11:15 Fieldwork session in old Karachi
11:15-11:30 Coffee/tea break
11:30-13:00 Fieldwork session in old Karachi
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:45 Fieldwork debriefing

Group work: Preparation of knowledge/project restitution supervised

15:45-16:00 Coffee/tea break
16:00-17:30 Group work continues


9:30-11:15 Group work continues
11:15-11:30 Coffee/tea break
11:30-13:00 Group work continues
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-16:00 Plenary group presentation by trainees
16:00-16:30 Coffee/tea break
16:30-18:00 Valedictory Address

Feedback from resource persons, students and trainers

Delivery of certificates

Readings and online resources

Ahmed, S. (2017). Understanding Localness of Built Form at the Urban Scale: Case of Karachi, Pakistan. International Journal of Environmental Science & Sustainable Development, 1(2).

Akbar, J. A. (1988). Crisis in the built environment: the case of the Muslim city. Concept Media. J. Leiden: EJ Brill.

Jaffer, A., & Cheema, H. (2021). The production of Muslim space: Mohalla life and Milad celebrations in Lahore. In Spaces of Religion in Urban South Asia (pp. 72-86). Routledge.

Leila Ammar, « Les enjeux du patrimoine ancien et récent à Tunis aux XIXe et XXe siècles, entre volontés de sauvegarde et périls », Al-Sabîl : Revue d’Histoire, d’Archéologie et d’Architecture Maghrébines [En ligne], n°3, Année 2017. URL :

Montagnetti, R., & Guarino, G. (2021). From Qgis to Qfield and Vice Versa: How the New Android Application Is Facilitating the Work of the Archaeologist in the Field. Environmental Sciences Proceedings, 10(1), 6.

Muzaini, H., & Minca, C. (2018). Rethinking heritage, but ‘from below’. In After heritage. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Tikhonova, O., Romão, X., & Salazar, G. (2021, October). The use of GIS tools for data collection and processing in the context of fire risk assessment in urban cultural heritage. In International Conference of Young Professionals «GeoTerrace-2021» (Vol. 2021, No. 1, pp. 1-5). European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers.

Zerbini, A. (2018). Developing a heritage database for the Middle East and North Africa. Journal of Field Archaeology, 43(sup1), S9-S18.

Collaborative Mapping of London Using Google Maps: The London Profiler – UCL Discovery

Collaborative Mapping and GIS: An Alternative Geographic Information Framework: Environment & Agriculture Book Chapter | IGI Global

An approach to mobile collaborative mapping | Proceedings of the 2008 ACM symposium on Applied computing

Mapping Indigenous Histories: Collaboration, Cultural Heritage, and Conservation in the Amazon

Walking, recording and collaborative mapping | Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial – Volume 2

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