Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 1Welcome to My Place:Subjective Maps Workshop ManualBy Christoph...
Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 2ConceptParticipants are invited to draw subjective maps of thei...
Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 3Execution of the workshopTotal time: 2 hours1. Preparation of t...
Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 4a. Warm up improvisation (15 minutes): participants have one mi...
Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 55. At the end of the workshop, each group presents its map to t...
Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 6What to do with the mapsThe usage of the maps depends on your o...
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This manual is based on the workshop organized in March 2010 for the Transition Finsbury Park association. Participants are invited to draw subjective maps of their neighbourhood and to discuss the area.

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  1. 1. Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 1Welcome to My Place:Subjective Maps Workshop ManualBy Christophe Bruchansky, James Thomson and Marianne Berglund, May 2010AimThis workshop is meant to encourage people to discuss their neighbourhood. It can be used as:a. A tool to better understand the identity of an area (e.g. in the context of an ethnographicstudy).b. An introduction to a collective urban planning effort (e.g. a design charrette,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charrette) or in combination with a community mappingexercise (see for example http://www.mappingforchange.org.uk).The idea of drawing subjective maps in groups is not new but here are some tips based on ourexperience, along with a description of the techniques we used to facilitate the creative process.Case study: Welcome to Finsbury ParkThis manual is based on the March 2010 workshoporganised at the Green Lens Studio for the TransitionFinsbury Park Association. We would like to thank thepeople from the Faith, Football and Falafel project forthe photos shown in this document.http://greenlenstudios.com/http://transitionfinsburypark.org.uk/http://www.faithandfootball.info/Read more about the workshop and the conclusions we drew from it here:http://bruchansky.name/2010/05/09/welcome-to-finsbury-park/
  2. 2. Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 2ConceptParticipants are invited to draw subjective maps of their neighbourhood. Subjective maps do nothave to be geographically accurate, but they should give a general idea of how a territory isperceived.Everyone is welcome to draw a subjective map. This is an excellent method of sharing differentperceptions about an area, and to identify its iconic places.N4 Map by Gen Chou, Alex Head, 23rd March 2010
  3. 3. Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 3Execution of the workshopTotal time: 2 hours1. Preparation of the materials: A1 or A2 sized paper sheets (one per group) A4 paper sheets (one per participant) Sharpened pencils (one per participant) coloured pencils, wax crayons or pastels (one set per group) erasers (a few per group)2. Introducing the workshop: participants first need to hear the objectives of the workshop andget a quick introduction of the area they are going to draw. One way of doing this is toscreen the videos shot in the local area prior to the workshop, as described here:http://bruchansky.name/2010/05/09/welcome-to-my-place-workshop-manuals/.Alternatively, photographs of the local area could also be used. The purpose of this is by nomeans to impose a theme, but to illustrate all the potential that an area can hide and toopen up peoples’ perspectives before drawing. The screening can be followed by a shortdiscussion for participants to warm up and exchange first impressions.3. Splitting the participants into groups of three to five people: we recommend using a randommethod such as distributing group numbers at the entrance (by handing pieces of paper withgroup numbers on them). We want to avoid having group of friends stay together during theworkshop, as this might narrow down their perspectives and diminish the value of theexercise. Each group needs a facilitator.4. The workshop is cut into a series of mini-sessions in order to facilitate the creation of thesubjective maps.
  4. 4. Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 4a. Warm up improvisation (15 minutes): participants have one minute to draw their ownsubjective maps of the area on an A4 piece of paper, then show and explain their drawing tothe rest of the group and introduce themselves.b. Dice session by turns (15 minutes):i. Each participant is given a number from 1 to 6.ii. The facilitator rolls the dice and asks the participant with the dice number to draw,in 30 seconds, a first element on the map (roll again if the number is higher than thenumber of people in the group).iii. The participant rolls the dice again at the end of those 30 seconds to choose thenext participant to draw another element. Participants can erase elementspreviously drawn on the map during their turn.iv. Repeat the same process for 15 minutesAfter several turns, the participants might struggle to add new things and will need to thinkagain about the area.c. Free drawing session (30 minutes): the dice session is designed to prevent the groups fromelaborating unifying strategies for their maps. This makes drawing the first elements on theblank pieces of paper much faster and adds a level of playfulness to the exercise, whichleads to a lack of structure to the maps. This should hopefully trigger interesting discussionswithin each group as they attempt to make sense of it, and at the same time, elaborate anarrative for the area. The facilitator will be busy with the group, so it is a good idea to getsomeone to take notes on what people are saying.
  5. 5. Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 55. At the end of the workshop, each group presents its map to the other groups (around fiveminutes each), which will naturally lead to a discussion or debate about what has beencreated. It is a nice way to gently close the workshop.
  6. 6. Welcome to My Place: Subjective Maps Workshop Manual Page 6What to do with the mapsThe usage of the maps depends on your objectives. They can: Be exhibited to further drive public discussions about the area, its history, and culturalcomponents. Serve as documentation for the area, be used for further cultural studies. Inform the design of a consolidated subjective map.We hope that this manual will be useful. If you plan to use it for one of your activities, please let usknow how it goes: contact@bruchansky.name.Thanks for reading,Christophe Bruchansky, James Thomson and Marianne Berglund

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