IF_UNTITLED

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Project type

COMMUNITY BASED URBAN RGENERATION RESIDENTS CONSULTATION

Location

COUNCIL ESTATE LONDON

Collabs

QUEENSBRIDGE TRUST LONDON BOROUGH OF HACKNEY/HACKNEY PLAY ASSOCIATION/THE THIRD PERSON

Client

RHODES ESTATE RESIDENCE ASSOCIATION

A design collaborate workshop for the design of 12 gardens a council estate in East London.

IF_UNTITLED architects with our partners formulated and executed this public consultation programme in a council estate in East London. This extensive consultation with tenants, residents and stakeholders was designed to actively bring out peoples opinion about regenerating the public spaces. If-untitled devised modes of engagements by the use of: [visuals montages] to cultivate people imaginations, [flags] where people can write their opinion and plant them into the ground, [video projections] of interviews were also played on the walls of the estate. The on site consultation process was then made into a report and presented to Hackney council as regeneration programme recommendations. This power of this work was due to its direct result of an large public consultation and further to this a garden club was formed and the multi-use games area has been upgraded and a high risk area has been modified in the estate. Quote from the programme manager of Queensbridge trust - Clea Sambrook To Whom It May Concern. gleaned essential information and recommendations to consider during the transformation of the Rhodes Estate regarding the use and improvement of the estate's public open spaces. This comprehensive consultation process has been visible, proactive and creative, successfully giving this community a sense of being listened to, generating the belief that positive change is possible. It is essential that the continuing regeneration process actively build on this so that these efforts do not become an empty promise. Overwhelmingly, this community envisions improvements to the green areas to create attractive and inviting gardens for community use as well as play facilities for children and parents/carers to enjoy. Alongside this, the character of the estate's streetscape needs to give a consistent identity to the physical environment helping to transform the nature of the estate and how it is perceived and treated by outsiders and the community. Initial projects are recommended to immediately harness improvements, including a new play area, a gardening club, anti-dumping shrubbery, action on dog mess, upgrading of the sports pitch and a feasibility study on developing workshop spaces. Longer-term strategies for decision-making on further changes are proposed to determine the exact design of each green space. It is hoped that this project will substantially aid and kick-start the regeneration of the Rhodes Estate so that this community can be involved, accepting both ownership and responsibility over their environment and enjoying the many benefits of a more integrated community far into the future.