Perception Peterborough

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Peterborough is currently one of the UKs four Environmental Cities and it aims to become the Environmental Capital.

Perception Peterborough is a dynamic and creative visioning project which brought together key local representatives with creative thinkers to develop innovative approaches to the challenges and opportunities facing Peterborough over the next 15-20 years. Proboscis was commissioned to develop and lead a series of creative workshops alongside consultants Haring Woods Associates.

As part of our research for the project, we conducted an anarchaeology of the city and its people and created a series of Impressions to inspire different perspectives on the key themes for workshop participants and project stakeholders.

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Team: Alice Angus, Niharika Hariharan, Matt Huynh, Giles Lane, Karen Martin, Sarah Thelwall, Carmen Vela Maldonado & Orlagh Woods.

Commissioned by Peterborough City Council; Arts Council England, East; Opportunity Peterborough, East of England Development Agency, MLA, Natural England, Sport England and English Heritage.

Proboscis would like to thank the many people we encountered in our research as well as those we spoke to for longer and in particular the following: Renny Antonelli, Simon Belham, Nuno Costa, Jimmy D, Vladimir Demcak, Patricia Higham, Judith Jacobs, Keely Mills, Nathan Murdoch, Glen Nelson, New Link Translators, Luke Payn, Amanda Preston, Proteus Canoe Club, Michael Riccardi, Monika Romankiewicz, Liliana Ronseca, Phil Sheppard, Jurga Tonkuniene.

Constructing Conversations

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Constructing Conversations from Proboscis on Vimeo.

A film for the Perception Peterborough project, documenting the creation of a 3 dimensional ‘map’ of creative visions overlaid over the city. The film was shot during workshops facilitated by Proboscis in Peterborough Museum in September 2008.

Perception Peterborough – Workshops

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As part of Perception Peterborough three creative transdisciplinary workshops were led by Proboscis (alongside consultants Haring Woods Associates) at Peterborough Museum over three days in September 2008. The workshops were the culmination of Perception Peterborough and were designed to reflect on Peterboroughs’s vision for the future around the three themes;

  • Green Infrastructure and Environmental Technologies
  • Social Cohesion within a Climate of Migration
  • Growth: Development of the Built Environment.

Over three days each workshop explored the notion of ‘Environmental Capital’ and both discussed and built ideas for the features of an environmental capital. Creativity underpinned our process for the workshops where a playful but intensive period of activity involved social mapping, StoryCubes and 3D mapbuilding.

The workshops involved:
Social Mapping to explore participants’ connections to each other and Peterborough using brown paper and crayons. StoryCubes to explore relationships of ideas to each other and focus the conversation, with
a physical landscape of cubes building up over the days. StoryCubes are a tactile thinking tool for exploring relationships and narratives, each face of the cube is illustrated or annotated to graphically convey an idea, a thing or an action. A 3D Map of a Future Peterborough to make manifest participants ideas for the features of an environmental capital and go beyond the big ideas such as ‘a carbon zero economy’ to look at how that might be achieved on the ground. Participants added both new ideas, suggestions and existing or planned buildings, structures or initiatives.

View a film of the collaborative map created over the first three days.

Perception Peterborough – Impressions

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As part of our research for the project, we conducted an anarchaeology of the city and its people and created a series of Impressions to inspire different perspectives on the key themes for workshop participants and project stakeholders.

The Impressions, initially created as a means of conveying a local sense of place to national and international participants, were inspired by the series of ‘Wanderings’ that Proboscis undertook with local people in Peterborough as a means of conveying a local sense of place.

We were inspired by the people of Peterborough and the seeds of the future they showed us that Peterborough already has; the diversity, talent, river, and green spaces, fens and waterways, the history and folklore and the great generous friendliness of people who never turned us away. Our Impressions therefore were about the seeds of Peterborough; visible and invisible, from past and future, for hopes
and concerns. They are about what could be seeded, nurtured and grown and what seeds exist here already to help everyone do that.

The wanderings involved conversations and encounters with over 20 local people of different ages and backgrounds. Proboscis journeyed through townships, villages and city by taxi, train, bus, bike, kayak and on foot to investigate and explore the city and its surrounding landscapes. We gained a richer understanding, through local and grassroots perspectives, of people’s perspectives of what it is like to live in Peterborough and their aspirations for the future. The resulting series of Impressions include short films, audio collage, eBooks, StoryCubes and drawings that can be shared physically and digitally and combined with existing policy material to add new perspective to the visioning process.

Perception Peterborough Briefing Book

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Produced by Haring Woods Associates 
Editor: Celia Makin-Bell 
Concept and design: Proboscis 
Illustration: Matt Huynh 
Graphic Design: Carmen Vela Maldonado 

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Monsters and Mermaids

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Created by Alice Angus

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Perspectives

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Perspectives from Proboscis on Vimeo.

Perspectives of Peterborough (UK) from bike, kayak and bus. One of a series of 8 “Impressions” of the city of Peterborough in England. Part of the Perception Peterborough project which involves artists and consultants in working with local, national and international people to develop a compelling and exciting vision for the future of the city.

Perception Peterborough – Voices

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Voices records hopes, aspirations and feelings about the city of local people we encountered during our anarchaeological research for Perception Peterborough. One of a series of 8 “Impressions” of the city of Peterborough in England. Part of the Perception Peterborough project which involves artists and consultants in working with local, national and international people to develop a compelling and exciting vision for the future of the city.

Flows

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Flows from Proboscis on Vimeo.

Flows in the heart of the city of Peterborough (UK) with music on the hang drum by Jimmy D. One of a series of 8 “Impressions” of the city of Peterborough in England. Part of the Perception Peterborough project which involves artists and consultants in working with local, national and international people to develop a compelling and exciting vision for the future of the city.