Working in collaboration with Eden Project and the St Blaise Neighbourhood Planning Frontrunner Committee the students spent a year engaging with the community in order to imagine other futures for the neighbourhood. The involved a series of community mapping exercise, including participatory mapping walks and discussions. Student project were taken forward through three identified themes: Environment/Greens space, Skills/Education/Training and social connections, which also were taken on as the key themes in the neighbourhood plan.
Students developed proposals for a community hub that would address one of these themes and projects emerged such as a environmental centre, an open air theatre for community events, a eco-educational hub and a community kitchen. The students are also working together with the Neighbourhood Planning Group and Par Bay Big Local in designs for a shop space in St Blaise that has been leased to facilitate community engagement.
Clients: St Blaise Neighbourhood Planning Group, Eden Project Community Engagement Team, Cornwall Council Planning department
Tutors: Katharine Willis, Karen Martin, Mark Innes
Research Question: How can we work with a community to imagine other possible futures for their neighbourhood? / What are design solutions for a post-industrial marginalised neighbourhood that can contribute to making it a resilient, socially cohesive and skilled community?