Young people from a local community will design, build and activate a space to address their own local needs. It can be a garden, library, performance space or sports area; whatever the community decides. To do this, we plan to use newly “reclaimed” spaces within Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. The introduction of these LTNs and the existing modular traffic filters present a unique and timely opportunity to allow local communities to reclaim space. Within the workshops we will provide, young people will learn a diverse toolbox of new skills in design & construction, leading into the ongoing activation and care of the space. Through a short training and vocational programme, young volunteers will learn the construction techniques of the future and the importance of utilising sustainable materials and techniques, while being involved in a constructive, meaningful and socially positive environment.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The lockdown has taught us that access to quality outdoor space is lacking within various areas of Tower Hamlets. With 40% of homes in Tower Hamlets lacking a garden a renewed emphasis on the importance of a varied and high quality public realm with direct access to the needs of the community has come to the forefront of the public consciousness. Our project, The Civic Horse, not only is timely in that newly created public space is available for young people to reclaim but there is a real tangible need for young people to be exposed to ideas, training, skills and careers they might not otherwise come across. In partnership with experienced architects and designers BARE Community Design, we are confident this project will enhance the lives and skills of young people and enrich the community around them. It is also paramount that young generations understand the vital importance of sustainable design and materials, and how they can take important decisions to improve their community.
Steps to get it done:
Working primarily with simple design & digital fabrication tools has a series of important advantages compared to traditional building: - Young volunteers will get to experience and understand how these technologies work at a basic level, an invaluable learning for their future. - It makes possible to create quick variations to the design so that the final configuration of the structure is perfectly tailored to the site and to the local community's demands. - It reduces considerably the construction process on site, as the main modules of the structure can be pre-assembled at a workshop before being transported and dropped on site - Use of dry methods for fixing (screwed connections) makes the job much faster, precise and safe as no heavy tools are required - The lightweight nature of the timber/plastic structure avoids the need for any footings whatsoever, as it will sit on temporary steel plates. - All the above imply the structure can be easily disassembled and moved to a new site
About the space
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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