Somerstown Stories and the benefits of using a design charette for community engagement

Court, Sharon, Andrews, Martin and Goodman, David (2018) Somerstown Stories and the benefits of using a design charette for community engagement. Research for All, 2 (2). pp. 304-312. ISSN 2399-8121

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Abstract

Somerstown Stories was a local heritage project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, collaborating initially with Somers Park Primary School in Somerstown, within the City of Portsmouth. The aim of the project was to enable people to reconnect with their locality by exploring local history. In addition, the project explored the question: does knowing more about where you live change how you feel about living there? At the time of the project, the area of Somerstown was at the beginning of a process of phased redevelopment, so it was timely for local groups and organizations as a whole to look back at their history and the shaping of the area, in order to prepare to look forward and plan for the future. As part of the larger Somerstown Stories project, the University of Portsmouth School of Architecture was invited to coordinate a design charette for Year 9 students from the local Charter Academy School. This paper explores the nature of the charette, and its value in engaging different stakeholders. The paper is written using commentaries, conclusions and reflections from the key people involved with this project, including Canon Nick Ralph from the Diocese of Portsmouth; Sharon Court, Creative Practitioner and Project Manager for the Somerstown Stories project; Martin Andrews, Architect and Principal Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth School of Architecture; and Andrew Joyce, a University of Portsmouth student at the time of the design charette and now a registered architect working at ArchitecturePLB in Winchester.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: creativity; architecture; charette; local residents; urban; engaged learning; student engagement; reflective practice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Departments > Business School
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Depositing User: David Goodman
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 10:54
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2018 10:51
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3585

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