‘Good places are never bought off the shelf, but arise in an inclusive process built on local ideas, imagination and aspiration’(00:/, 2011, p.181)
Since October last year Cave has started a fantastic collaboration with The Glass-House, community led design. Vera has started the AHRC funded collaborative PhD at the University of Sheffield. 3 years of research will look into the merits of community participation not only for the community, but also look at the benefits for the built environment professionals engaged with citizen participation.
It will examine how ‘social capital’, can be regenerated and captured to assist in developing systems for participatory action and more inclusive and representative ways of neighbourhood regeneration, creating more sustainable spaces and places for an increasingly fluid contemporary society. It will also look at the value of this ‘social capital’, what kind of economic benefits that it can bring and for who.
After this initial 4 months we hope to keep you up to date with some of our findings along the way. So watch this space for reviews, events and interesting things that we’d like to share with you.
If you have any ideas please get in touch with us, we’d love to hear your thoughts in Community Led Design. We also will keep you up to date via our twitter account @cavecoop.
00:/, NESTA, CABE, Compendium for a civic economy London: 00:/, 2011
The Glass-House http://www.theglasshouse.org.uk/
Sheffield School of Architecture http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/architecture/study/pgschool/current_phd