Love Meanwood: Community as Designers

Love Meanwood is a community lead project that aims to enable and empower people to take part in improving their local environment. Meanwood is a suburb of north-east Leeds known for its park, beck, urban farm and community spirit. I got involved in the project in November through my placement at Lemon Balm, who are …

North End – Interdisciplinary Masterplanning Workshop

To ease us back into the new term, the first three days after our Christmas break were spent working in a team with architects to produce a masterplan for the new North End Urban Village in the north of Leeds. North End is an island cut off from the rest of the city by fast …

Urban Scandinavian Childhoods

In the United Kingdom we live in a risk adverse society, especially when it comes to children in our cities. This is worrying as 60% of urban dwellers in 2030 will be under the age of 18 and our young people are the future, so what are we doing to create child friendly cities? On …

Light Night

For two nights, every year Leeds is taken over… this year by illuminated knights, stern-faced drummers and a whole host of light-based artwork. Light Night is a big part of Leeds’ cultural calendar, a celebration of arts and an opportunity to shine the light on some lesser appreciated parts of the city. For the past …

Thinking Urban

As I approach the analysis section of my current module at university I am reflecting back to some work I produced over the summer. Taking an analytical view of a townscape is an important skill to master. I practiced on a town near me, Cirencester, wanting to improve my analysis skills and develop my graphic …

Cirencester Town Centre

Cirencester is a Gloucestershire town within the Cotswolds AONB. It has a wealth of history particularly during Roman Britain when the town was second only to London. In the present day, it is the self-proclaimed heart of the Cotswolds. At the heart of Cirencester is the market place which has been home to a market …