Making Place is a long-term programme focusing on learning from the city and use of public space. The project aims to explore the issues that shape the neighbourhood – working with artists, designers and local communities to map, re-imagine and influence the places where we live and work. The process will be fluid and responsive – with the direction of the project being led by collaborating partners and participants.
This programme will critically play with ideas and practices of city planning, regeneration, gentrification and ‘place-making’ and will investigate three central themes, based on our work within the local area to date: Inheritance – asking what do places inherit, and which histories are preserved; Imagination – who imagines the city? and Intervention – generating projects that interrupt, activate and re-imagine the neighbourhood, using play, art and design processes in public space.
During this first year of the programme we will be working with designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad and local residents in Lenton, exploring recent changes in the neighbourhood; developing projects with local youth groups; and running a programme of walks, talks and workshops throughout the year.
The Making Place programme is kindly supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.