URBAN DISCOVERY
SUBJECTIVE CITY MAPPING & URBAN HERITAGE STRATEGIES

CREATE

social capital

AMPLIFY

local voices

CELEBRATE

cultural heritage

OUR MISSION

We believe that creating better cities is about making residents involved and invested in their neighbourhoods. We also believe that preserving authenticity and accentuating the identity of places is what makes people care for their environment. Urban Discovery is a creative agency that uses cultural mapping and design thinking to identify the DNA of places and unravel the different voices in an urban community and revitalise heritage.

WHAT WE DO

Our subjective maps are a great tool for inclusive urban regeneration and place making projects, but also offer an imaginative format for youth education and engagement. The mapping process provides a bottom-up approach that infuses traditional participatory planning techniques with innovative elements from cultural mapping, creative storytelling and digital analytics.

We work for local governments, property developers, housing corporations and architects. So, they can use community intelligence to catalyse change.  We find the voice of the community, map what matters, analyse the DNA of a place, dissect pain points, locate local champions and solicit ideas from the community for the community. So they gain agency in their urban future.

COMMUNITY MAPPING

Revealing perceptions and layers of a place

CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

What if you put residents in the driver’s seat?

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

Imaginative investigation by custodians of the urban future

HERITAGE IMPACT & STRATEGY

Unlocking the value of cultural heritage in the city

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OUR CLIENTS:

“The point is investing in the understanding of local culture and history, because then people take ownership of it”

– Mr Saleem, HK Academy teacher

Our impact:

67

historic neighbourhoods

4090

local participants

2371

cultural assets mapped

28904

proud locals

 

 

 

 

Our guiding principles

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GLOBAL GOAL #11 

“Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural heritage”  

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NEW URBAN AGENDA 

“Leverage culture and heritage for liveable cities and strong urban economies”   

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WORLD HERITAGE CITIES

“Implementing the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) approach at local level”

AN AWARDWINNING JOURNEY