WANDERING ABOUT BRISTOL

Thinking about Bristol Differently...

Is there another way?

WHY WE WANDERED


Each of us thinks about our city, Bristol, based on how we experience it.

In 2015, Bristol was the European Green Capital.

The Wandering about Bristol project was a series of three urban wanders from 2015 to 2018 to re-imagine a "green" city. The wanders offered a way of moving in between official utopian notions of Bristol as a "green’" city with Bristolians’ everyday lives, including their understanding and practices of greenness.  

To capture differing views, participants held four video cameras to film as they wandered, capturing multiple narratives of what becoming a "green" city means.

The films produced reveal tensions between how Bristol is conceived in the official “green” narrative and how Bristol is lived and experienced to inform social change.

At the end of the project, we prepared this short video which captured some of the moments at which they started to think about Bristol differently...

ABOUT THE PROJECT 

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SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE

ORIGINS AND OVERSIGHT

The project was led by Pam Seanor, Researcher at University of West of England (UWE).  Here's an academic overview of the project on UWE's 'Research Projects' page.

RESEARCH PARTNERS (ALPHABETICALLY)

  • Carlton Bodkin, Director at Practical-Architects

  • Jess Bryne-Daniel, Snr. Lecturer at School of Architecture and Landscape, Leeds Beckett University. Design Council/CABE BEE

  • Pascal Dey, Associate Professor, People, Organisations and Society Department, at Grenoble Ecole de Management

  • Kyle Hannan, Head of Projects at EcoMedia Collective

  • Nic Stenberg, Associate atIcarus Collective Ltd and trainee health psychologist

GRANTS

"Wandering about Bristol" is enabled by a Small Research Grant for the project ‘Thinking urban spaces differently: Articulating and contesting “green” imageries of Bristol as an enterprising city’ .

Supported by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

THE WANDERERS

OUR thanks to the wanderers who contributed to the orientation of each event

THE QUESTIONS THEY DISCUSSED

  • What does this space mean for you?
  • What does ‘Green’ mean to you?
  • How are people feeling about a sense of ownership of the spaces and has this altered since the recent interventions by developers?
  • Has the act of wandering changed your views towards the space? If so, how?
  • Finally, this leads to our question: Is there another way?
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