During the Easter holidays, we worked with one of our wonderful partner organisations, Placed, to deliver a free four day workshop for 14-18 year olds from Liverpool & Manchester interested in architecture, design and the built environment.
Using The Old Library project as an example of how empty heritage buildings can re-purposed for community use, forty young people took on the challenge of re-designing buildings in the city centre just four days.
We then headed back to our base at the University of Liverpool where the group split into small teams and had to recreate scale models of their assigned building using cardboard – not an easy feat in one afternoon!
The fun really started when they began to design the interiors and everyone came up with really varied & creative ideas including pop-up shops, a nursery, escape rooms, a rehabilitation centre, libraries & study centres, bars, roof gardens, sports facilities restaurants and even a hotel with a spa.
Everyone who took part got so stuck in and produced really impressive work in such a short space of time. Some people travelled quite a distance each day to attend and they all gave up a week of their Easter holidays ahead of exam season so we were really impressed with their commitment.
A huge thank you to University of Liverpool Planning Department for the venue, Sophie from Placed who led the week, making it lots of fun and a really valuable experience for everyone who took part, and all the volunteers and student ambassadors who gave the group real-life insights into a range of careers across the industry. Finally, thank you to National Lottery players who, through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, have enabled us to provide this amazing opportunity for free to local young people across the city region.
Check out the Placed Academy website for more information and details on how to apply.