Walk Away

Walk Away is a web app in which the user/cartographer can gradually erase the city’s map by walking its streets. Through walking and using the Walk Away app, the street on the digital map is erased in realtime. This is a web-based application designed and programmed using PHP programming language, OpenStreetMap (OSM) and Leaflet JavaScript library. Using the simple map-like interface, the participant/player can erase the map of the city along his/her walking trajectory. 

The map app was first used in September 2014 by members of the [urban interfaces] group at Utrecht University, after which it was used for three consecutive years by Utrecht University students. The Walk Away app was furthermore presented at Play, Perform, Participate Conference (2015) at Utrecht University where it was used by conference attendees.

Walk Away was exhibited in Amsterdam in 2020 for the duration of two months for the exhibition Mind Your Step at Zone2Source in which approximately 760 tracks in the city were erased (number of participants unknown). 


Walk Away was published in two Dutch newspapers (AD and Het Parool) and several local (Amsterdam) magazines.


‘Soms kom je juist tot interessante ontdekkingen als je iets vanuit een ander perspectief bekijkt’

In the following show I tell something about Walk Away: https://dezwijger.nl/programma/nieuw-amsterdam-3?fbclid=IwAR0G0rhG2J56YfGQnmgzdMuLWMcINopkVP-AXaQ7vsfQoPNsVCswGxps_c8

First launch in April 2014
Software developer of Walk Away: Iván Fuciños Calle