SPACES OF HOPE is exploring the often-overlooked ways in which local people and organisations have come together to improve their physical and social environments. Since the 1960s a rich but hidden history has emerged of communities drawing up their own land-use plans, owning, occupying and developing sites, initiating community projects and using art and others forms of media to communicate ideas. Bringing together universities, artists and archivists and working in partnership with the TCPA, HOPE is an AHRC-funded research project that aims to reveal these histories and spark debate about how lessons can be applied to current community place-shaping.
- Workshop Women’s Histories of Community Planning/Place-making in BirminghamOn Friday 29 July we are hosting an informal workshop at the Birmingham and Midland Institute to share and hear stories about how women campaigned to shape and create the places they needed in Birmingham. Were you pushing for a more women and child-friendly city in Birmingham the1960s 70s 80s 90s 2000s? Were you campaigningContinue reading “Workshop Women’s Histories of Community Planning/Place-making in Birmingham”
- Blog: Claiming space, culture and community through music, ecstasy and danceDebbie Humphry, talking to Coventry-based artist, documentary filmmaker and producer, Adrian Dowling. Photographs by Jamie Shufflebotham Adi Dowling arrived in Coventry from Dublin in the late 1970s, into a culture of de-industrialising despair, “as in poverty, racism, serious violence”. But from 1985 this all changed, when the violence of football hooliganism transmuted into the love ofContinue reading “Blog: Claiming space, culture and community through music, ecstasy and dance”
- Project Updates – May 2022 #2We have added a list view of examples of community-led planning to the website which lists the examples of historical community-led-planning (CLP) uncovered by the project so far. We want to add as many examples of community-led planning to the map as we can find. So please do tell us about any other examples orContinue reading “Project Updates – May 2022 #2”