Whole School Event – Designs on Our City
Wednesday 12. February 2014
This year, for its whole school event, ’Designs on Our City’, Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) will move out of the Arts Tower to work in and transform Sheffield City Centre for a day. Architecture students will be using empty buildings in the city centre as their studios and demonstrating, ‘live’, how creative ideas can revitalise our city streets.
20 workshops led by SSoA staff and visiting professors, partnering with creative practitioners from the city, will run simultaneously through the day. Each workshop will have 15-20 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Our students will produce ambitious and thought-provoking ideas for Sheffield. Some teams will produce design proposals for future uses of empty spaces and streets in the city centre, others will produce work that transforms the shop windows ‘live’ through slogans, poetry, film etc.
The day will end with the work being projected in shop windows across the city centre as night falls. This will be an unexpected and engaging public exhibition that will transform the city streets.
This will be a chance to raise aspirations for Sheffield, to question current models of regeneration and to actively demonstrate how our city centre could be animated through cultural activity in many different ways and at many different scales.
10am to 4pm: students work in empty buildings (much of this will be visible to the public through shop windows)
4.30pm to 6.30pm: the public exhibition of work is projected in the shop windows
The Wider Context:
• ‘Designs on Our City’ is a demonstration of SSoA’s commitment to socially-engaged architecture practice and education. Building on the ‘live’ learning in the school such as our highly regarded Live Project programme (www.liveprojects.org) we will develop our connections with and impact on the City.
• For this event we will be working with Marcus Westbury, Creative Director of Renew Newcastle, Australia (http://renewnewcastle.org/about) to develop ideas for the revitalisation of Sheffield city centre through creative use of empty spaces. This is part of a series of events run by the University’s Civic Engagement team in partnership with Sheffield City Council. The purpose of this visit is to encourage the Council, the University and local independent businesses and creative organisations to collaborate on a resilient model of home-grown regeneration of the city centre.
• We are also using the recently published Sheffield City Centre Masterplan as a trigger for ideas. The Council will be interested in the students’ ideas to enrich, critique and develop the masterplan (link to City Centre Masterplan 2013).
• SSoA’s Whole School Event is part of a series of events run by the University’s Civic Engagement team in partnership with Sheffield City Council.
Whole School Event coordinators are:
Carolyn Butterworth, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0114 222 0308
Leo Care, email@example.com, 0114 222 0304