Spaceshaper 9-14

Engaging young people in the design of public spaces.

Spaceshaper 9-14 is a workshop-based toolkit that enables young people to engage in consultation about public spaces, to assess the quality of a public space to inform its future development. The tool provides developers, local authorities and others with a methodology for collecting data from all sections of the community.

The Architecture Centre developed the Spaceshaper 9-14 toolkit in partnership with CABE Space, beam and the Kent Architecture Centre, through Young Spaceshaper, a Department of Education funded project which aimed to promote the active engagement of young people in the design of public spaces.

Through the development of an engaging toolkit and the training of young people to co-facilitate Young Spaceshaper consultation sessions, the project provided an opportunity for young people to shape the parks, play areas and streetscapes in their local area. The Architecture Centre has delivered live Spaceshaper 9-14 projects across the country and trained diverse professionals to become workshop facilitators.

“The Spaceshaper tool kit was the perfect tool to use with Bradley Stoke Community College; the school has plans to develop their outside spaces and the Spaceshaper workshop and final report has given the young people involved a chance to take their ideas forward in collaboration with the school, to in the future create spaces that they can enjoy as a place to relax and learn.”
Elise Hurcombe, Lead developer, RIO – Real Ideas Organisation

Find out more about Spaceshaper:

Spaceshaper 9-14


The Spaceshaper 9-14 programme was supported by CABE and the Department for Education, Families and Schools.

Spaceshaper 9-14 was developed by a partnership of three architecture centres; BEAM, Kent Architecture Centre and The Architecture Centre.