what we do
We work with communities and the public sector to make places better.
Our multi-disciplinary team can create reactive solutions that boost regeneration, enterprise, community involvement and collaboration, communication, youth engagement, active travel, funding potential and digital participation; each with the core aim to motivate and mobilise civic pride.
Methods and processes have developed through the rapport we build with communities and public services. We've a substantial track record for integrating these groups throughout the delivery process and producing carefully considered proposals, strategies, digital tools and artworks.
The group operates through a combined passion to explore how sharing and applying these skills can put people at the heart of decision making and creativity within their communities.
Approach To Community Engagement
From the beginning, we've been obsessed with engaging the community and encouraging their participation in projects to build ownership in the long-term. This in turn fosters the sustainability of outcomes which rejuvenate the physical and nonphysical identity of a place. The following three stages described outline the emphasis we place on different approaches to engagement which we believe ensure that projects are successful and relevant.
Research by doing
We implement a strategy of ‘research by doing’ where research is tested and enhanced by creating events and interventions. Music, art and action are used to enliven a space for periods during the research. This both enhances the team's understanding of the complexities and attributes of the space and opens conversations with partners and passers by. In doing this we are in a short time able to connect with key groups of people and partners and are then able to visualise and discuss the potential of an area or idea.
The team place high importance on fully integrating with the groups we're working with to ensure that our understanding of the area and the designs, solutions or implementation that we propose strengthen the growth and development of the place.
Galvanising a community of action
A key approach to our process is to value every contact. In the creation of an artwork, website, concept or strategy for a place, people must feel connected to it. We're experts in bringing the community in, finding consensus and getting them motivated to deliver a shared solution.
Please click on the links to find more on our projects
Make Your Way
Alexandria Vision and Masterplan
Newarthill Walking Routes
Helensburgh Making Places
V&A Dundee: Design Lottery Skillshare
North Carrick CBC Action Plans
Chatelherault to Low Parks Heritage Trail
Making Green Places: Ayr North
Rediscovering the Antonine Wall
V&A Dundee: Design Relay
Three Towns Charrette
Collective Commotion (Maybole and North Carrick Youth Forum)
Dip Into Parkways and Waterways
Byres Road Redevelopment
Rothesay Socio-economic Survey & Perception Study
Remaking Rothesay Charrette
Design Erskine Charrette
THIS for THAT CIC
CityLab National Framework
The Tax Hotel
Signs of Life
Startup Street Stirling
Made In Stirling
Future Glasgow City Vision
Selected Clients and Partners
Architecture + Design Scotland
Argyll and Bute Council
Cavan County Local Development
Community Action Lanarkshire
County Wicklow Partnership
Donegal Local Development
Glasgow City Council
Gorbals Housing Association
Leitrim Integrated Development
Louth LEADER Partnership
Monaghan Integrated Development
North and South Lanarkshire Councils
Sligo LEADER Partnership
The Nue Housing
University of the West of Scotland
West Dunbartonshire Council