We had a lovely day running a creative community engagement workshop with University of the West of England’s fourth year Architecture students in October. Students were invited to share their current live projects, as well as their ambitions for their architecture practice. Connections were made between the student’s projects and ideas, creating a network between them and provoking a discussion about next steps with each. We shared case studies of pioneering socially-engaged art, collaborative art and architecture practices and inspiring co-design processes.
We went on to explore the subtleties of communication techniques with different demographics and developed proposals for consultation and community engagement ideas around the students’ live projects, which they will go on to develop and apply over the coming weeks. It was fantastic to see the group’s confidence improve from beginning to end, illustrated in the post-it feedback wall in the images below. Students documented their feedback as part of a practical monitoring exercise, some of which is as follows:
What did you learn?
“Sky is the limit”
“Engaging with people is key to make a project successful”
“Participation and consultation are essential in contributing to communities in a meaningful way”
“You were really engaging! Kept us interested and thinking through the whole day, good pace of presentation. Thank you!”
“Great session and great effort in interacting with the class”
“Good ways to create interaction session with peers and I found the whole workshop very informative”
“Very informative slides to guide us in collecting information from the community”