THE CIVIC HORSE_Community Accelerator

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THE CIVIC HORSE_Community Accelerator

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The Civic Horse is an itinerant Micro Civic Space: a temporary 'People's Assembly' co-designed & co-built by local communities to promote awareness and participation on local issues and opportunities.

Tower Hamlets Idea stage

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The Civic Horse is a small scale, temporary arena for community participation, exchange of ideas and collective initiatives. A playful urban artefact made of modular components that create attractive and enjoyable gathering places for the public. Each component will bring a specific 'civic function' to the site: new seating areas, communal planting, micro-library, notice board, mini-playground, display surfaces for artists... Its aim is to revive civic spirit and engagement across town, as the civic horse visits different neighbourhoods and adopts distinct configurations tailored to each site and each specific community. Its different parts will be freely arranged (co-designed and co-built) by locals to suit their specific needs and preferences, making it a playful collaborative and learning tool. To achieve this, a group of local designers and makers will train a group of local volunteers (mainly youth at risk and unemployed) on how to configure and build their own local civic horse.

What we'll deliver:

  • A new urban (outdoor) space for community assembly, including: seating areas, planters, display surfaces & micro-library
  • Training (upskilling) of volunteers in design of small urban structures
  • Training (upskilling) of volunteers in manufacture and installation of small urban structures
  • Delivery of regular public events / workshops for the local community

Why it's a great idea:

In times of financial crunches, public cuts and political uncertainty, we need more than ever powerful and effective mechanisms for local communities to decide on their lifestyles and future. Small, adaptable structures like The Civic Horse can rapidly supply the participation spaces needed while awaiting more definitive, larger projects to be realised. Our neighbourhoods need more open spaces where citizens can freely propose and discuss initiatives or display new ideas and creations, while sitting and chatting, having a cup of tea, waiting for their children, enjoying the sun, exchanging books... A new network of micro civic arenas. Collaboration instead of imposition is key to empower communities: By bringing together young creatives and vulnerable groups we will foster a healthy exchange of knowledge and facilitate transmission of useful skills amongst different sectors of the community, hence increasing the sense of ownership and belonging to a cohesive and solidary collective.

Steps to get it done:

  • Find and choose temporary SITE for the first Civic Horse to be installed
  • Buy materials and build main COMPONENTS off-site
  • ASSEMBLE components on site to create first Civic Horse
  • Run an OPENING EVENT to engage neighbours
  • Run a collective COMMUNITY WORKSHOP to share ideas for the neighbourhood
  • Write REPORT with conclusions and publish online
  • Find another site and MOVE the Civic Horse. Process starts over

The first iteration of The Civic Horse will be located in Bethnal Green, a vibrant area of Tower Hamlets with one of the most diverse communities in London. Here highly trained creative professionals coexist with a considerable amount of unskilled adolescents and young adults. To tackle growing inequalities we propose an innovative symbiosis between these groups, one that fosters inclusiveness and creative solidarity. Training of volunteers will include basic design skills and use of software, basic carpentry and basic use of digital manufacture tools such as laser and CNC cutting machinery in local workshops. The specific location will be between the GLL York Hall Leisure Centre and the V&A Childhood Museum, two of the main civic facilities within the neighbourhood, at the crossroads between Cambridge Heath Road and Bethnal Green Road.

Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

Tower Hamlets Borough

Council

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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How will the money be spent?Total £14,608

CIVIC HORSE: COMPONENTS KIT - £6,000 (41%)
CIVIC HORSE 01: ASSEMBLY - £2,500 (17%)
CIVIC HORSE: SCALED MODEL - £2,000 (14%)
SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT MAINTENANCE - £1,500 (10%)
PRINTOUTS: INFORMATION & INSTRUCTIONS - £1,200 (8%)
Other - £1,408 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

41%
CIVIC HORSE: COMPONENTS KIT
£6,000
17%
CIVIC HORSE 01: ASSEMBLY
£2,500
14%
CIVIC HORSE: SCALED MODEL
£2,000
10%
SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT MAINTENANCE
£1,500
8%
PRINTOUTS: INFORMATION & INSTRUCTIONS
£1,200
10%
Other Read More
£1,408
  • Spacehive fees
    £660
  • Transaction Fees
    £616
  • VAT
    £132

Overfunding

This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Create more modules to increase the building possibilities of the initial kit

Total £14,608

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