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Cartographic temporalities

The digital era has brought about huge transformations in the map itself, which to date have been largely conceptualised in spatial terms. The emergence of novel objects, forms, processes and approaches in the digital era has, however, posed a swathe of new, pressing questions about the temporality of digital maps and contemporary mapping practices, and in spite of its implicit spatiality, digital mapping is strongly grounded in time. In this peer-reviewed collection we bring time back into the map, taking up Doreen Massey's critical concern for 'ongoing stories' in the world, but asking how mapping continues to wrestle with the difficulty of enrolling time into these narratives, often seeking to ‘freeze’ and ‘fix’ the world, in lieu of being able to, in some way, represent, document or capture dynamic phenomena. This collection examines how these processes are impacted by digital cartographic technologies that, arguably, have disrupted our understanding of time as much as they have provided coherence. The book consists of twelve chapters that address different kinds of digital mapping practice and analyse these in relation to temporality. Cases discussed range from locative art projects, OpenStreetMap mapping parties, sensory mapping, Google Street View, visual mapping, smart city dashboards and crisis mapping. Authors from different disciplinary positions consider how a temporal lens might focus attention on different aspects of digital mapping. This kaleidoscopic approach generates a rich plethora for understanding the temporal modes of digital mapping. The interdisciplinary background of the authors allows multiple positions to be developed.

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Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell

As the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017 has slowly revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing and deregulation, and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns, many questions need answers. Stuart Hodkinson has those answers. Safe as Houses weaves together Stuart’s research over the last decade with residents’ groups in council regeneration projects across London to provide the first comprehensive account of how Grenfell happened and how it could easily have happened in multiple locations across the country. It draws on examples of unsafe housing either refurbished or built by private companies under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to show both the terrible human consequences of outsourcing and deregulation and how the PFI has enabled developers, banks and investors to profiteer from highly lucrative, taxpayer-funded contracts. The book also provides shocking testimonies of how councils and other public bodies have continuously sided with their private partners, doing everything in their power to ignore, deflect and even silence those who speak out. The book concludes that the only way to end the era of unsafe regeneration and housing provision is to end the disastrous regime of self-regulation. This means strengthening safety laws, creating new enforcement agencies independent of government and industry, and replacing PFI and similar models of outsourcing with a new model of public housing that treats the provision of shelter as ‘a social service’ democratically accountable to its residents.

Joe Gerlach

handheld device ordered online several days ago has not arrived, and concern is building that I will be turning up to the mapping party on the designated Saturday like a kid arriving at the school gates without uniform. It is bad enough that this will be my first OSM mapping party, previous parties in Maidstone and Haslemere fell by the wayside due to volcanic ash,2 but apparently the other mappers did a good job. Not total coverage of the Kent and Surrey towns, but nearly there (as reported by TimSC3 who coordinated the Maidstone mapping party and participated in the

in Time for mapping
A pragmatist notion of critique as mediation 
Klaus Geiselhart

of right-wing populists such as Marine Le Pen in France and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, and they continued to gain popularity during the 2016 presidential elections in the USA. That election was distinguished by the use of dubious information and questioning of established truths, and Donald Trump has become the populist par excellence ( Oliver and Rahn, 2016 ). It is widely believed that these rightist populists and their respective parties deliberately use misleading or insufficient information in order to influence public opinion. Populists seed

in The power of pragmatism
Crispian Fuller

transactions have produced common understandings of how to act. The organised values, norms, beliefs and attitudes of other actors inform the ‘habitual’, communicatively transmitted through the ‘generalised other’ and significant symbols that are recognised by both the conveyer and responder, such as in the recognition between actors of the critical values and related actions associated with a particular political party (see also Cutchin, this volume). They reflect common understandings among a group of social actors, although such processes are also dynamic in nature and

in The power of pragmatism
Liam Harney and Jane Wills

context, east London’s party politics has also been shaped by a contest between ‘anywhere’ and ‘somewhere’ worldviews that began in the late 1970s. The East End has been a Labour party stronghold for decades with the party having its roots in the trade unionism of the docks at the turn of the twentieth century. However, Dench et al. (2006) explain how, in the late 1970s, the party became divided between activists and members who espoused and sought to advance more conservative values, and those with more progressive ideas. This divide was centred on matters of social

in The power of pragmatism
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Spaces and spectres of Ireland after NAMA
Cian O’Callaghan

RTÉ television series The Savage Eye satirised attitudes at the time in a dinner party scene depicting guests talking about how many houses they own. When one guest sheepishly admits to owning ‘only one house’, the others look at him with disdain before excluding him from the rest of the conversation. The property market was ubiquitous. Soaring house prices were almost uniformly met with enthusiasm as more and more people became involved in the market as owners and investors. First-time buyers felt pressurised to get onto the property ladder for fear of being left

in Spacing Ireland
Jenny Pickerill

, paper usage might be reduced, as information does not need to be posted and the need to print thousands of flyers is reduced12. If you compare computer use ‘to the pollution of making letters, making stamps, sending a letter and it gets put in a postbox, picked up by a motor vehicle, transported, shuffled around it’s much more energy intensive’ (Pete, founder and co-ordinator, MO). Using this justification, activists such as David (Media liaison, NE Green Party13) suggested that, by not using other potentially environmentally damaging technologies, his use of

in Cyberprotest
Stuart Hodkinson

maintain a degree of social and ethnic mix where the local working-class population would otherwise have been displaced.13 Although private homeownership was politically prioritised to become the dominant form of tenure over time, and the commitment to public housing wavered especially under Conservative governments, a post-war house-building ‘arms race’ between ruling political parties meant that by 1979, public housing had grown to 6.6 million homes. This represented a third of the UK’s total housing stock and was supplemented by an additional 400,000 social homes

in Safe as houses
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Alex Schafran, Matthew Noah Smith and Stephen Hall

contract exploitative? Are the terms of the deal transparent to all parties? Is it operating within safe ecosystem limits? This book is an attempt to see politics through the lens of spatial contracts, and to imagine ways to build healthier spatial contracts than those that currently exist in most places. As with any politics, the politics of the spatial contract must include space for resistance and contestation, protest and critical inquiry. The spatial contract must not only create capacities for expressing indignation and challenging the powerful; it

in The spatial contract