Off The Mapp: A Spatial Manifesto

OFF THE MAPP is a spatial manifesto. It is an application that attempts to reprogram existing social and economic space within the city. OFF THE MAPP is employed through an application that automatically switches technological devices into flight mode when a chosen boundary is crossed. The application will disconnect pedestrians, encouraging a new spatial awareness and a reliance on human contact.

Chanel Dehond, Toronto, Canada

OFF THE MAPP is a spatial manifesto. It is an application that attempts to reprogram existing social and economic space within the city. OFF THE MAPP is employed through an application that automatically switches technological devices (phones, laptops, tablets etc.) into flight mode when a chosen boundary is crossed. The application will disconnect pedestrians from their mobile service, data and Wi-Fi providers, encouraging a new spatial awareness and a reliance on human contact.

The OFF THE MAPP movement will challenge business owners and city representatives to promote social intimacy by downloading the application and sticking the OFF THE MAPP icon on their property. Citizens will be encouraged to download the application in exchange for discounted rates and rewards associated with the businesses that have joined the movement. The unanticipated disconnection from the virtual world will create a new intimacy in social spaces, promoting a cultural paradigm shift. As the OFF THE MAPP movement grows, device use within the commercial and public sectors will diminish and will be analogous with smoking. An inversion will occur, forcing pedestrians to use their devices outside.

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Chanel Dehond, Toronto, Canada

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