Green Horizons: Shape My City Livebuild

Every year The Architecture Centre gives the young people from its innovative Shape My City programme the opportunity to put their design skills into practice through a livebuild project.

In 2019, as part of the Green Horizons project to celebrate the Landscape Institute’s 90th anniversary, and following a series of workshops with inspiring landscape architects, architects and artists, the young people were given a unique brief from the 2019 Festival of Nature team.

The young people were challenged to design and construct a nature-inspired temporary pavilion, sculpture and public engagement activities for the festival’s Queen Square site, 7-9 June 2019.

The livebuild project brings together diverse young people from the Architecture Centre’s Shape My City project, students from UWE Architecture and Build Environment Department and University of Gloucestershire (Landscape Architecture), architects, volunteer landscape architects and engineers to create a collaborative, interdisciplinary design team.

Inspired by shelters found in nature, the team will build a 12 metre long bamboo ‘burrow’ themed temporary pavilion and ‘nest’ sculpture. The young people will also be collaborating with local artist Scott Farlow to create a series of activities to engage the public throughout the festival weekend. Both the pavilion and public activities aim to highlight the importance of landscape and nature in cities, and the contribution they can make to people’s mental and physical health, whilst helping to mitigate climate change.

The livebuild is the highlight of the year-long Shape My City careers programme which engages 16-18 year olds, particularly girls and those from diverse backgrounds, in architecture and place-making. The project supports the Landscape Institute’s #chooselandscape careers campaign whilst enabling built environment students to develop their public engagement and skills.

Find out more on the Shape My City blog.

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“The aim is to highlight the importance of landscape and nature in cities, and the contribution they can make to people’s mental and physical health, whilst helping to mitigate climate change.” Sarah Jones-Morris, Landscape Institute