Grassroots Mapping

Smiling up while looking down.

The grassroots mapping method, developed by Jeff Warren at MIT, is a brilliant little home brew solution to aerial photography. This particular PlayPhilly project was tested as a tool that can be used by the public as a playful act to stimulate social dialogue. By shooting the plazas from above, we can observe the movement and capacity of each space, and determine problem areas, all the while pulling in observers to start a conversation or even help out with some flying of their own.

Learn more here or check out the photosynths here.

Click the photo above for a slideshow, or check out the flickr sets


  • Client : PlayPhilly™
  • Date : 03/04/2011
  • Project Chair : Beth Van Why
  • Developer : Jeffrey Warren
  • Designers : Giacomo Ciminello, Kristin Freese