About

My name is Naomi Bueno de Mesquita. I am currently finalizing my PhD at University of Leuven (BE) with the subject Performative Mapping. The research is concerned with the potentials of digital mapping as a participatory research methodology for spatial designers. Through self-designed map apps, I examine the affordances and limitations of digital mapping interfaces to foreground participation in public space or public issues.

There is a long tradition of mapping in art and design education. However, the emphasis has almost always been on analog mapping techniques. Since the digitization of maps and the public availability of mapping tools, people have contributed in interesting new ways to public space (issues). To my belief, students in design are not enough informed about these developments and the potentials of these tools to engage people in their research. Digital technologies are not deployed enough and/or critically in participatory design. With my research, I aim to introduce a relatively new participatory method in design education through deploying and examining digital mapping tools and technologies. 

 I hold a BDes with honors in the field of Architecture from Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL) and an MA in Design, Art and Public Space from Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (ES). I have lived in different countries (Israel, Netherlands, Italy and Spain) for large periods of my life and am currently based in Barcelona (ES).


TRADERS PROGRAM

The research formed part of the European research program TRADERS. From February 2014 until February 2017 I was a Marie-Curie research fellow for the TRADERS program (tr-aders.eu) at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL). Five art and design researchers and one sociological researcher tested and developed methods on which art and design researchers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways. Affiliated with six European universities/art and design schools (LUCA School of Arts (B), Royal College of Art (UK), Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), University of Gothenburg (S), Chalmers University of Technology (S) and KU Leuven (B), each researcher investigated a different method, that is: multiple performative mapping, intervention, modelling in dialogue, data mining and play. The researchers also investigated how these methods fit into a larger methodological framework that can guide future artists and designers (or researchers and practitioners in other disciplines) to work in participatory and public space contexts. 

Art and design researchers can contribute in interesting ways to engaging citizens, policy makers, private partners and other participants to participate in public space (issues). The methods of doing so are, however, underexplored. Therefore, the FP7, Marie Curie Multi-ITN project TRADERS (short for ‘Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space’) researches the ways in which art and design researchers can ‘trade’ or exchange with multiple participants and disciplines in public space projects and – at the same time – trains them in doing so.