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· Richard Pulford

The town I would like to live in

Imagining healthier, more natural cities with the National Saturday Club

We were delighted to welcome back members of the ‘National Saturday Club’ to our studio for the third time this weekend. The club is a fantastic initiative which creates opportunities for young people to explore the creative arts, learn skills and fill their Saturday mornings with fun.

We devised a masterclass for them that challenged students from both the Greater Brighton Metropolitan & Cranford Community colleges to work together in questioning and re-imagining the spaces and places in which we live.

The day started with an outline of the context for designing buildings and places today. We showcased a range of our projects and articulated some of the key underpinning ideas. Particularly, that we aim to promote care of the planet through reconnecting people to nature and encourage minimising impact and use of natural resources. This led to a broad discussion relating to the issue of climate change and the way this interlinks with the design of our built environment, this conversation seemed particularly poignant given the recent global youth strikes.

With this in mind, small sub-groups were formed to brainstorm ideas for the overall composition and to then develop particular areas or ‘districts’ within the collage.

It was absolutely fascinating to observe the enthusiastic discussion and negotiation that took place to agree the types of places people wanted to create, where routes should be placed and which areas should connect to others. The level of collaboration, quality of dialogue and results all surpassed out expectations.

The resulting collage is a vibrant, visually striking and optimistic piece that focusses on an enriched urban life via allowing opportunities for and connections to, nature. We look forward to seeing this and other fruits of the students labours at the fantastic Saturday Club Summer Show in early June.

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