The ease of online mapmaking leads to a democratization of the dissemination of all forms of information. In the spirit of Greenmaps, Italian firm Urban Architecture Project presents Zappata Romana, a simple, icon-based mapping of community-run green spaces on underused and abandoned areas in Rome.
Visualizza “ZAPPATA ROMANA”: community-run green areas _by studioUAP in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori
Some additional information about the project: “About 50 community-run green areas mapped: little urban gardens, play yards, edible gardens and areas for walking, resting, or simply talking. Citizens and associations acting together to reclaim the abandoned areas in Rome. More than 100 sites together with the 65 spontaneous gardens registered by the Rome municipality. Urban farms too and other interesting experiences such as Partecipation Houses, “Punti Verdi Qualità” and green areas maintained by established associations.”
Imagine the growing potential, using shared geographical data from a global resource (in this case, the ubiquitous Google Map) – how the layering of information has grown, and will continue to do so, due to tools that are easy to manipulate with little technical expertise and little to no cost. For a similar project, check out my Beta version of the PDX Greenmap – which aims to feature a range of sustainable sites and strategies around Portland (more info here).