Friday, 27 January 2012

New year, new beginnings!

2012! New year, new inspiration, new relationships!

It's not exactly quiet at the moment, as there are interesting things in development.

New project //

We've started to plant seeds about a new project for the local community that we think is absolutely essential! It is currently called 'A Fragment of Paradise' and is a public garden based on the Islamic garden design.

From reading a report and Emma Clark's wonderful book The Art of The Islamic Garden, it has become very hard to focus on anything else... We're just totally completely inspired.

We're hoping to have some news about this soon, and in the mean time, you can read about it on the blog:

New relationships //

A year on from developing BROWSE Video Specs in the local community, the project has grown and is now taking shape as an exciting method of engagement.

Last year, BROWSE featured as part of Six Summer Saturdays in Birmingham, and Swap & Share Picnic in London's Arnold Circus. In October, the workshop that we have spent months dreaming about with Art Against Knives took place, engaging young people in sharing their comments and ideas on street design in relation to crime.

This year, we're developing this further.

Working with Soundings and developer Lend Lease, we will engage future residents in a consultation using Video Specs. The use of Video Specs is triggering some interesting commentary, and the idea is for young people to put the Specs on and visualise the future of the open spaces in Elephant & Castle. The workshops will run from the hub on Walworth Street.

The Hub on Walworth St

New team //

Gokay has joined the team for a few weeks to investigate the Video Specs further. He's incredibly focused, and it's hard to get him to take a lunch break. His BROWSE video will be online pretty soon! Watch this space.

More news soon! Kung hey Fat Choi to all.

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