Balgrayhill Community Centre Community Consultation
icecream architecture have been working on behalf of the team at MsMissMrs CIC to understand local needs and aspirations for the Balgrayhill Community Centre (Springburn, Glasgow) with the aim of re-activating the local community to enfranchise and get the most out of the facility.Through a series of events, workshops and on-street engagement, the project aims to test ideas around how the local community would like to see the centre best used. Throughout the project the team will identify a body of local people driven to developing the centre in the future, facilitating the Community Asset Transfer of Balgrayhill Community Centre from the current management of Glasgow Life.
This for That
This for That is an online social exchange platform that stimulates a circular sharing economy across sectors. Organisations can offer their assets in return for desirable skills or resources from other groups, encouraging much-needed collaboration to sustain and strengthen organisations for the future.Whether it’s about finding the right community to share your skills with or the right cause to share your excess, This for That maps and connects organisations across sectors to exchange resources that they have / need. This for That facilitates you to have a measurable and tangible social impact through live analytics of your organisation’s transactions..
Glasgow Museums commissioned icecream architecture to use their experience of creative public engagements to explore through a series of workshops the audience perceptions of visitors to Glasgow Museums’ venues. The process taken by the research team relied on a methodical, considered series of steps which allowed research participants to enter into a creative space, and ask themselves and each other to explore past experiences, opinions and aspirations of their visits to a Glasgow Museums’ venue. The research approach was split into two phases; awareness raising sessions and focused sessions. The former relied on setting up on-street workshops in busy public spaces to collect the opinions of Glasgow on a city wide basis. These events explored the general perceptions of Glasgow Museums’ current offering, as held by the residents and visitors of Glasgow. The second stage of research used a co-design process to work with groups of research participants on the creation of new designs for displays within Glasgow Museums’ venues. Working with groups of families, young people and adults has allowed our research team to answer four key questions through on-street conversations, interviews and discussion during workshops.
Over the next ten years, Glasgow City Council have an ambition to make the city a more people friendly place. To make this happen, they have commissioned a team led by Gehl Architects and Nick Wright Planning to develop a regeneration strategy for the next decade. The first part of the city centre to benefit will be around Sauchiehall Street, Garnethill and Charing Cross - a vibrant mix of nightlife, arts, shopping, flats, schools and colleges, which aims to be even better and more lively than it is now. icecream architecture have formed part of a wider team focussed on public engagement, reaching out to residents, businesses, institutions, and visitors of the district, with the aim of activating people and spaces in order to kickstart the regeneration. A series of focussed workshops have been carried out, defining the district as it is today, and highlighting the ambition for the future.Through the use of the Sauchiehall Cart and mapping toolkit, icecream architecture have initiated on-street conversations, recording local voices and ideas to shape and feed the forthcoming regeneration strategy.