Generation Place Summer School

Children from urban primary schools spend a week re-imagining their local neighbourhood.

The Summer School provides an invaluable week of high-quality work-related learning for year six students, centred around the challenge of redesigning a site in their local neighbourhood.

The project pilot took place in summer 2018 at Hannah More Primary School, where young people formulated plans for Lawrence Hill Roundabout. A brief set by local community development charity Up Our Street challenged the young people to redesign the large green space, currently under-used by the community, and turn it into a great place to live, work and play.

The project involved:

  • Children placed in ‘design teams’, each with the support of a mentor, a university student in a built environment subject from the University of Bath or UWE
  • Talks from inspiring professionals working in the built environment sector, including architects, urban designers, public artists, structural engineers and landscape architects
  • Workshops in creating plans, drawing to scale, drawing and modelling
  • Presentation of design schemes to a review panel made up of representatives from the city council, the community and the built environment sector.

The Summer School is a part of the national Generation Place project, which aims to nurture the future citizens and professionals who will make the kinds of places where people thrive. Through learning initiatives in both formal and informal settings that respond to local contexts, the practitioners in the network engage the next generation of creative placemakers.

“Generation Place is about nurturing the next generation of creative placemakers.” Amy Harrison, Head of Learning, Architecture Centre
“I makes me feel heard.” Student
“I'm really interested in social mobility and making sure everyone has a fair opportunity to be want they want to be.” Claire Miller, Askew Cavanna Architects