Location: London, UK
Programme: Change by Design
Activities: Learning and Capacity Building/Socio Technical Support
ASFUK worked with London Citizens and local stakeholders to explore the impact of large-scale development and regeneration in London on local communities. Building on participatory design tools developed in previous Change by Design engagements, the workshop took place in September 2014 in London, with the aim of generating community-led principles that would reinforce the Citizens Charter being elaborated by Citizens UK and Camden Citizens specifically.
These principles strive to advance positive outcomes of the proposed future development, focusing on the Euston Area Plan developed by the Camden Council and the proposed HS 2 rail link in the Euston area.
To understand the needs and aspirations of local stakeholders regarding future development, the seven-day workshop focused on three specific sites in the Euston area – the Regent’s Park Estate, St James’ Gardens next to Euston station, and Drummond Street. Based on research carried out by students of the MSc in Social Development Practice of The Bartlett Development Planning Unit of University College London, workshop participants worked directly with local communities in and around these sites to identify community-led principles for future re/development.
The main aim of the workshop was to strengthen the negotiation capacity of community groups in bringing about positive change to local residents in the Euston area. This was achieved by supporting the work of Citizens UK using participatory design to explore residents’ spatial imaginaries for the three chosen sites. As well, the workshop aimed to investigate and represent local residents’ and business owners’ regeneration aspirations, as a tool to support ongoing negotiations with stakeholders involved in the HS2 proposal.