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Spacemakers, Hartcliffe, Bristol


Spacemakers was a two-year project in which young people, aged between thirteen and fifteen, designed a public space within their own community in the Hartcliffe and Withywood area of Bristol. This is one of the most deprived areas in the UK.

The young people gained a real knowledge of the issues involved through visits to public spaces, workshops and field research. They were the clients for the scheme and made key creative decisions throughout its progress.

The project partners were The Architecture Centre, Bristol, The Glasshouse, London, Bristol City Council and Hartcliffe Community Campus: each wanted to create a public space in a deprived area with the fullest involvement of the community.

Spacemakers was independently project managed by Mark Rooney; project artist Kathrin Böhm worked on the scheme, devising workshops and visits that informed and shaped the Spacemakers' work; artist Cleo Broda undertook a related project; and the landscape architect was Greg White of Loci Design. The stainless steel seating shelter was co-designed by Greg White and sculptor Calum Stirling.