“The building is absolutely amazing. We were up in the garden all day in the rain today and it was just perfect to have a real shelter to be warm in. We all sat round together and it felt so good.” Asylum Seekers Allotment Project Co-ordinator
To celebrate Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, the Architecture Centre’s 2015 Shape My City youth programme undertook a live ‘hands-on’ sustainable building project.
During July 2015, Shape My City participants joined forces with Engineers without Borders students from the University of the West of England and tangentfield architects to collaboratively design and construct a community shelter.
Constructed with and for local asylum seekers using local sustainable materials (earth, wood, clay), the shelter is located on the Asylum Seekers Allotment Project in St George, East Bristol.
We presented an exhibition about the project in our gallery from 23 September to 30 October 2015.
“Being involved in this project has been an invaluable experience for me from, conception to completion, and I am so happy and proud to have been involved in realising a shared vision which helps improve the lives of members of the community.”
Shape My City participant
Find out more about the project:
Watch the #livebuild film
Visit the #livebuild blog
Shape My City #livebuild was made possible by the kind support of:
Big Lottery Awards for All, Quartet Express Fund, University of the West of England, Ibstock Brick, Elmtree Landscaping and a wonderful group of project volunteers.