Through a series of workshops that take a learning-by-doing approach, this self-build education project will take a group of local NEETS through the 1st phase of the redesign & rebuild process of Mountford Estate’s Community Hall, which is dilapidated & not fit for purpose. Led by architect Sahra Hersi, the workshops will address issues of inequality & diversity within the architectural industry, actively seeking to recruit BAME participants. The workshops will cover architectural skills: research & consultation, prototyping & building & renewable energy technologies, providing the skills needed for the green economy. In consultation with local residents this will nurture community talent to rebuild a community asset; foster a stronger post-covid community while addressing the climate crisis; provide new skills for local young people whose employment prospects have been hardest hit the pandemic; redesign the community hall with the community so that it meets community needs.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Regeneration by the community for the community of a community asset will benefit the health& wellbeing of the local people & strengthen community cohesion. Effective community participation ensures more civic engagement & democratic outcomes. Benefits: Social equality: providing new affordable education opportunities for young Hackney NEETS, helping them learn new skills& increase their employability in an expected area of business growth. Research shows young people’s employment prospects will be hardest hit by Covid. Anti-racism & tackling structural inequality: recruiting black & minority ethnic young people & women in particular. The environment: designing sustainability into the architecture of the community hall. Building and construction account for 40% of global emissions, Building Operation accounts for 28%. This design will help the community reach its sustainability targets. Wider community through development of a step-by-step guide template to this Self-Build Project.
Steps to get it done:
We have spoken with the Head of Resident Participation, Community Halls and Housing Services as well as Hackney Works to ensure the project meets Hackney's targets to tackle the impacts of Covid and is in line with Hackney’s commitment to anti-racism & tackling structural inequality. It will be led by Sahra Hersi, an MA graduate of architecture from the Royal College of Art, whose practice explores shared spaces, the public realm, collaboration and community engagement. The publication to document the process will be produced by Rose Nordin. Working locally the project will seek the support of local talent in the green energy and environmental sustainability sector. This project will include building into the design aspects that would minister to activities already existent on the estate such as gardening, through rainwater harvesting for example, while also creating a space that would make new activities that have not been actualised possible.
About the space
London Borough of Hackney
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