Category Archives: Creative Participation

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St Peter’s Churches

  Year | 2016 Location | Cheshire (Chester and Congleton) Client |  Diocese of Chester   The church in the UK is rapidly declining but at the same time many churches want to be more socially engaged. The project is a navigational tool which uses participatory design practises […]

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Glodwick Pool

The brief was to imagine a future for the pool, and re-invigorate it as a sporting and community hub. The Trust’s holistic ambition aims to cater to people of all ages and abilities, supporting the community’s most vulnerable members. This vision however, is hampered by the restrictive existing plan and difficulties involved in adapting a former swimming pool to serve up a more diverse programme.
Although the vision for the site is a radical departure from its initial scope, we have endeavoured to ensure viability on the tight budget. The hub brings not only added social value, but also becomes a more appealing offering to the staff at nearby healthcare sites. Spatial flexibility means conferences and larger public events are easily catered for, diversifying the revenue stream. The final vision is organised around a community core that will catalyse the project’s sustainability and viability.

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Future Factories

The Future Factories Live Project was tasked with addressing the question of collaboration between makers in the context of the emergence of new industries and modes of work in arts, crafts and manufacturing. The clients provided two distinct issues; firstly, how to encourage collaboration among makers and craftspeople, secondly, how to improve the use and development of historic industrial spaces turned to new use. We were provided with Live Works as a space to work within and were invited to exhibit our work and ideas as part of Sheffield Design Week 2016. Our response was an adaptable exhibition to facilitate the meeting, conversations and events that facilitate connections between makers, as well as a smart phone application that created a dispersed network of individuals linked through their common interests and productions.

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Future Forum

An exploration into the redevelopment of Star House, home to Sheffield Futures, focussed around participation, analysis and design.

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Civic University

The Civic University is about creating a platform to allow for knowledge exchange.

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Re-Making Gainsborough

Year | 2016 Location | Gainsborough, Lincolnshire Client |  West Lindsey District Council Re-Making Gainsborough is a project that works in partnership with West Lindsey Council to explore the regeneration of the market town. Located on the bank of the river Trent, Gainsborough has a culturally and […]

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Greenhill Community Library

Year | 2016 Location | Greenhill Community Library, Greenhill, Sheffield Client |  Friends of Greenhill Library Like many local libraries in the UK, Greenhill Community Library has recently faced the threat of closure. The Friends of Greenhill Library (FROGL), an enthusiastic group of volunteers, have successfully operated […]

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Community Economies

Year | 2016 Location | Quercia*LAB, Rovereto, Italy Client | Brave New Alps Brave New Alps is a design collective part of Ecole_IG, a wider network which share an interest in developing new types of non-capitalist led knowledge and sharing economies. The client acquired a disused 200 m2 warehouse from […]

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Wealthy City Walks

Curation of nine guided walks and workshops around Sheffield city centre based on a reinterpretation of John Ruskin’s ideas of wealth

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Oriel House

Creating a vision for the future of Oriel House as a Community Hub

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Foodhall

Helping develop a social and educational venue serving food that would have otherwise gone to waste.

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Wentworth Castle Gardens Walled Garden

Developing proposals for Wentworth Castle Walled Gardens

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The Pitsmoor Adventure Playground

The ongoing endeavor to develop and enhance the adventure playground for the local community of Pitsmoor.

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Archive and the Machine

Investigating innovative ideas for self-build display and storage units at Derby Silk Mill

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Spatial Resonances

Promotional films for the launch of Sheffield Modernist Society.

S1 Artspace as a Cultural Beacon

Parkive

Investigating the future of a heritage offer at Park Hill.

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Your Orangery

Exploring the future of Clapham Orangery through community consultation.

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Otley Vision

Working towards a sustainable and appropriate future development of the small market town of Otley through raising the community's aspirations for brownfield site, mixed use development within the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

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St. Wilfrid’s School

"how does a small school respond to pressures to expand to serve the wider community whilst still maintaining the ethos of faith that is central to its success?”

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Hemingfield Colliery Project

An investigation into possible future uses for a historic colliery site in South Yorkshire.

Volunteer participation during the construction of the Volunteer Hub

Volunteer Hub, Hulme Community Garden Centre

Designing and building a sheltered area using recycled materials with the volunteers of the Hulme Community Garden Centre.

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Wickersley Park

Involving locals in the transformation of their park into an asset for the community

How the different stakeholders relate to eachother

Revealing Castlegate

Castle Market is surrounded by controversy. This design proposes a scheme to reveal Castlegate and change perspectives.

Community engagement in ten foots

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Inspiring Action in the South West Ward

Create-a-space, The Game

Live Difference

Bringing people of difference together through the act of creating, to raise awareness of the relationship between space and interaction.

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Re-Imagining Libraries

Re-Imagining Libraries is a student run speculative project exploring strategies for the future for Sheffield community libraries. The group's proposals include a case studies document which serves as a resource and a boardgame which works with the document as an engagement tool for community groups to reimagine the future of their local libraries.

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Live LGBT

Working with LGBT Sheffield and a local Councillor to explore the possibilities of creating a permanent dedicated LGBT Space within the city centre.

Participation event in Blackburn

[re]create Blackburn

Designing for the implementation of a 'Fab lab' in Blackburn Town Centre.

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Wincobank Heritage Learning Centre

Creating a heritage learning centre at the Upper Wincobank Undenominational Chapel.

Public Space: Small, Medium and Large Interventions

GuangFutures

www.guangfutures.info is a platform to discuss the future development of GuangFu, North China.
The website contains research, proposals and information about GuangFu as well as providing a platform for further discussion.

The Inman Initiative

The Inman Initiative

A proposal to develop the Inman Pavilion from a dated community centre into a flexible and energy-efficient building.

Wellington Street Live Project

Wellington Street

A cohesive refurbishment expressing the purpose and values of a charitable organisation throughout their headquarters

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GIST Lab

Exploration and creative development of the GIST space in the Workstation, Sheffield.

Inhabiting our space at Soar Works

Parson X Exchange

What if...? A Scrapbook of Ideas for the Parson Cross Neighbourhood

Contents: Design Toolkit, Spatial Development Toolkit, Resident Engagement Card Game, Sheffield Care Actitiy Network, Sheffcare Activity Network and Darnall Activity Network

Sheffield Care Communities

Considering quality, design and community links in residential care homes of Sheffield.

A resource made up of communication tools

Doncaster Toolkit

A resource aimed at encouraging Doncaster’s youth to engage, explore and invent their city’s built environment.

Community Presentation

Forkhill Barracks

Development of ideas for a former barracks site in Northern Ireland

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Pavilion Of Protest

Installation design and construction for an exhibition at the RIBA to highlight the rising cost of architectural education.

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Portland Works

Community project in support of saving an industrial heritage building

A pictorial representation of the organisations involved in Live Project.

York Park & Ride

Re-imagining the Park & Rides of York city.

Peer Mediation Shelter 'out and about'.

Voice of Arbourthorne (Praise Pods)

Community project in support of positive behaviour in schools.

A Second Tower For Blackpool

Blackpool, Bond Street

Investigating the socio-political and economic issues of Blackpool's Bond Street.

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Wallingfen Way

Replacing a scar in the landscape (the B1230 road to Hull) by reclaiming it for the rural community.

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Sheffield Central Library

Exploring future cultural opportunities for the Central Library and its wider network.

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All Hallows Church

An inclusive and radical church based in inner-city Leeds exploring their opportunities for change.

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Parkwood Academy

Ideas to spatially improve classrooms at Parkwood Academy.

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Sheffield Food Network

An online guide to sustainable food sources in Sheffield.

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Wybourn & Richmond Park

A creative consultation for the long term future of Wybourn and Richmond Estates.

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St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Burley-in-Wharfdale

Strategically improving a parish church in West Yorkshire.

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MIND, Dewesbury

Helping MIND Dewsbury to redesign their building.

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Valley Allotments

A healthcare drive for the Rotherham Primary Care Trust (PCT).

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Neepsend Forum

Realising possibilities for Neepsend in Sheffield.

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Kelham Island Stones

New evocative spaces and web catalogue for the Kelham Island Industrial Museum.

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Graves Gallery

Ideas for the future of Graves Library and Gallery.

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COPD Breathing Space

Developing a brief for a new Lung Disease Centre.

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Cavendish Centre

A vision for an integrated Cavendish Cancer Treatment Centre.

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Catherine Street Park

Ideas for rejuvenating one of Sheffield's park spaces.

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Parsons Cross

Helping fund and produce a vision for a youth centre in Parsons Cross.

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Wybourn 2009

The Live Project returns to Wybourn estate in Sheffield.

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Sheffield Homes

A report looking at Sheffield Homes stock for conversions.

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Roundwood

Ideas for a small intervention for Brent's Roundwood Youth Centre.

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LoveEaston

Working towards a community-led vision for the regeneration of Easton, Bristol.

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‘ARCH’

A proposal for a public performance art/architecture installation in Sheffield.

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Re:Thinking Endcliffe Park

Ideas to rejuvenate one of Sheffield's most popular parks.

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The Woodland Experience

Exploring the future of the Ecclesall Sawmill site through masterplanning exercises and the building of timber structures on site.

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Sharrard Road Allotment Regeneration Project

A new outdoor classroom for the Sharrard Allotments, Sheffield.

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Multi Purpose Centre, Sheffield Botanical Gardens

The 4th stage in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens restoration strategy.

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Prince Edwards Primary School, Manor Top

Ideas and visions to improve various aspects of Prince Edwards Primary School, Sheffield.

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Abbeydale Framework Strategy (Broadfield)

Ideas for a stimulus strategy in Abbeydale and Broadfield, Sheffield.

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Mobile Library, Paris

A portable Library and Sound module for ECObox Paris.

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Ballifield School 2003

Returning to Ballifield Primary School in Sheffield to undertake a classroom feasibility.

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Participative Gardening and Communication Spaces, Paris

A community led urban garden in Paris.

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Primary Ideas: Ballifield School

Consultation exercise to improve the Ballifield Primary School.

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The Chelsea Open Air Nursery

A feasibility report for the Chelsea Open Air Nursery School and Children’s Centre.

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The School of Architecure, Pristina

Re-configuring the architectural education system at Pristina SoA.

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Strategies of Transition

An initial visit to Brezoi, Romania, to establish links and communications with the town.

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Foxhill – A Community Study

Year | 2001 Location | Foxhill, Sheffield, UK Client | SOAR with Miranda Plowden The main body of the project involved the formation of student led design proposals, which were presented to various community members and members of SOAR and informed the final neighbourhood strategy. During the […]

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Busk Meadows Park, Shirecliffe

A project focusing on the Busk Meadows Park in Shirecliffe, Sheffield, investigating the possibilities for regeneration of the park and employing community participation methods. Part of the SOAR Regeneration Framework.

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A Green Ribbon

A vision for the re-development of Colley and Longley Park, Sheffield. Part of the SOAR Framework live projects series