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Balancing design leadership and design expertise

Although interest in promoting community-led design practices has been around since the 1960s, with many successful examples, community-led design is far from being a mainstream practice. One of the reasons …

Why Engaging People is Important

When thinking about the possible future of a historic place of worship, any transformation or design decisions will be enhanced by involving those that are or can be part of …

The Benefits of Community-led Design

In the examples you explored so far it was evident that when community groups lead the design process, by inviting and taking a diverse set of people with them to …

Reflections on community engagement

This film was created during a workshop that brought together support and development officers, community members, funders and architects. It shows different aspects and perspectives on community engagement and documents …

Community leadership

In the previous section you explored the notion of design leadership. Starting from the idea that any individual has the capability to use design in their everyday, in the previous …

Design Leadership

Many people find the prospect of designing daunting; they might think that they lack creativity, or that advanced drawing or visual communication skills are required. The reality is that everyone …

Understanding community-led design

Community-led design is a notion that connects to a longstanding tradition in architecture and planning which aims to give citizens and communities centre stage in the processes of shaping and …

Understanding Place and its Powers

The story of St Martin’s Bilborough which you read in the previous section is the story of a ‘place’ that was in some sense ‘resurrected’ from its own hidden treasures …

Place-based Community Leadership

This week is focussed on how one can instigate and nurture community-based leadership in the design and adaptation of historic faith buildings. Clearly, there is no ‘one size fits all’ …