This manual will serve as a guide for people who are looking for participatory observation methods. The manual will look into details of urban camping: camping in a caravan on a square (or another urban space) to converse with users of the square and experience the place and it’s daily rhythm by being present. This multiple-day intervention within public space is helpful for understanding the soul of the place, to build a network through spontaneous encounters (triangulation) and informal conversations. It is also an intervention that can very naturally facilitate on-site brainstorming sessions. These different elements and layers can be useful in the exploration phase of area transformation, placemaking projects or participation processes.
Developed by Renee Rooijmans & Charlot Schans.
Written, edited and illustrated by Djina Bruine de Bruin. With the help of Nazaket Azimli & Eva Zemmour, STIPO.