The Pinpoint Mobile App provides urban researchers with a workshop tool to map specific features in a local environment. The Participants are asked to find and document places they like to share on a stroll through the neighbourhood. These places and pictures are then mapped on a visual representation of the research space. The pinpoint application was developed in collaboration with the Universität der Künste Berlin.
The Pinpoint-Mehringplatz experiment is part of the Community Now-project. It is situated in the Mehringplatz neighborhood in Berlin-Kreuzberg. In the beginning, several meetings with inhabitants but also interested citizens of the neighborhood occurred. The participants went out with the Pinpoint App (licensed under Creative Commons 4.0, for Android 4.1 and higher) in order to photograph and describe positive, negative and alterable places or situations. After the explorations were finished, everybody presented their experiences. Some places got interpreted and used in differing ways – therefore a really interesting discussion about different connotations and issues of the neighborhood came up. In the second phase, all experiences and discussion points were gathered in a public projection. This projection invites all neighbors to add comments or opinions in form of pictures and descriptions.

The results of the first workshop can be found here: Mehringplatz, Berlin, Community Now-Symposium.

Figure 1: The mobile app's interface

Figure 2: Visual mapping of the places which got documented.

Figure 3: Alternative representation of submissions.

The Project was done in collaboration with Jennifer Schubert and Bianca Herlo at the Design Research Lab Berlin.