Community Mapping

These are the community maps for Mapping Green Dublin (MGD), mapping out strengths, deficits and opportunities in green infrastructure in our research area of Dublin 8. These maps were created by the 80 participants that attended our Mapping Green Dublin launch and community mapping workshop on 7 March 2020. Thanks to all of them for their valuable contributions. Well done to geographer Alma Calvin in collating all the data and creating these community maps. they are part of a creative commons and we hope by sharing them they can help build a picture of how and where green infrastructure in the area works and can be improved.

The MGD partners work with a range of groups across Kilmainham, Inchicore, Rialto and into the Liberties. In order to deepen participation, the research boundary was guided by MGD research partners’ networks and partnerships, but also shaped by census data boundaries.


PLOTS : Creating co-ordinates for collective futures. 

Your PLOTS Map will form an integral part of our Dublin community atlas, building a picture of our valuable public green infrastructure across Dublin. Let’s work together to make our city bike and pedestrian friendly and give everyone fair access to green space.  

You can create your map in two ways: 

  • Use My Map app on your phone and share. 
  • Draw and then photograph your map and share.  

Plot ways your neighbourhood could be improved.

Plot  interesting things you see, feel, hear or smell  

Plot new things you have discovered

Plot changes you may have noticed eg traffic, pollution and noise

Your map will be shared as part of Mapping Green Dublin research to create a greening strategy for Dublin. All maps are anonymised unless you give us permission to share your information. Data will not be shared and is only used for this project. 

PLOTS creates an active site of communal mapping, exploration and gathering. It acts as part of the research programme for Mapping Green Dublin. Combining the tools of geographical field work and mapping with artistic walking and drawing methodologies participants collectively and playfully create a deep mapping of Dublin City. 



Some examples of the start of our community atlas with maps from participants below:

Map by Kieran Doyle O’Brien of his regular walk along the Canal within the 2km restriction, May 2020
“I made a map of all the places I went in my 2km world. I know there’s Google maps, but this one is made the old school way – photocopier, markets and glue!” Kate Horgan, Bespoke Books.

NCAD ART in the Contemporary World

Ronan Foley (Maynooth Geography) and Seoidín O’Sullivan joined Francis Halsell in delivering a module on ‘Mapping and the Politics of Public Spaces’

We have all become hyperlocal and within our current Covid 2km restricted circumstances our sense of ‘Publics’ may have shifted or our attention to new ideas and types of ‘Publics’ emerged.

We are inviting you to respond to the 2km buffer zone using your own creative practice and methodologies be that writing, sound, photography, video, drawing. Using the 2km as a framing constraint and the lectures as material we would like

you to create your own map/ maps in response to these new circumstances and your sense of Publics.

As part of Seoidin’s PLOTS project she has asked people living in Dublin 8 to respond to their 2km radius restriction. The call out is for individuals to use the opportunity to collectively redesign and rethink pedestrian, cycle and green space access within their neighbourhoods.

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For geographers, the implementation of the 2km buffer zone around homes has interesting potential in thinking about terms such as; nearby nature, the geography ‘closest-in’ and everyday micro-geographies. Geographers of health & wellbeing draw from environmental psychology to consider additional micro-spatial elements of place fascination, attention-restoration, and nature-connection. That work also considers more closely how such health-enabling or therapeutic spaces are produced and experienced, both actively and passively. Given the constraints of a 2 kilometre buffer around people’s homes, that constraint of mobility almost forces a place introspection but one that leads to new attentiveness and connection to the things that both make and keep us well.

Here are some of the ACW student PLOT map responses

Kate Friederberg, Emotional Elevation, June 2020
Kate Friederberg, ‘Restless Radius’ June 2020