Workshop: Collaborating with Communities in Creating Their Own Spaces with the City

Jane Anderson, Allison Dutoit, Thomas Ermacora, Matthew Jones, Rachel Sara and Becca Thomas

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Grass-roots activities, from establishing community gardens and town greens, to street parties and community events, to collaborations with artists, students and activists, can regenerate areas and empower communities to take ownership of their own shared spaces within the city. Jane Anderson (co-founder of the Live Projects Network), Allison Dutoit (Gehl Architects), author Thomas Ermacora (Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures) and Becca Thomas (co-founder of Pidgin Perfect) explore the interplay between ‘top down’ and ‘ground up’ interventions and places in between. What would an entirely co-created city look like? What role can universities play in supporting these kinds of activities? And who participates in participatory place-making? Chaired by Matthew Jones (architect and senior lecturer at the University of the West of England) and Rachel Sara (associate professor in architecture, University of the West of England, and founder of Hands-on-Bristol).

Open to community groups, activists, built environment practitioners, artists, writers and thinkers about cities, as well as educators.

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