What would you create in a city’s Forgotten Spaces?
Calling all you creative thinkers, this is to let you know about quite a special or should I say monumental competition. Called Forgotten Spaces, it’s your chance to submit design ideas for transforming an abandoned piece of land in Sheffield and in fact anywhere in the ‘S’ post code area, that’s Barnsley, Chesterfield, Dronfield, Hope Valley, Mexborough, Rotherham and Worksop.
A Forgotten Space could be a grassy verge, wasteland, unused car park, derelict building, underpass or flyover. The aim is to present regeneration ideas for areas that don’t yet have a place in the hearts and minds of local communities, and explore the possibilities for breathing life into them. You can create something simple or complex, commercial or public, your own piece of public art or a new building. The requirements are simple: the design must respond to the area and serve a function for the local community.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire and Sheffield Hallam University have launched the competition, but you don’t need to be an architect and you don’t have to come from Sheffield to enter. It’s an open invitation to artists, designers, planners, students, engineers and architects across the UK. There’s also the opportunity to be paired with a professional architect as a mentor, to make sure you achieve the required technical and professional presentation.
If you’d like ideas for a Forgotten Space, each of the Community Assemblies in the Sheffield City Region has identified a potential site in their area. You can use one of these suggestions or choose one of your own.
It’s an innovative, grass roots approach, allowing local artists and designers to come up with solutions for neglected sites. Although proposals won’t necessarily be constructed, the competition is intended to provoke discussion amongst landowners, local authorities and investors about regeneration and the role of the local community.
Short listed proposals will be showcased at the Crucible Theatre in September 2011. Winners will be awarded cash prizes of first prize £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000. You’ll need to be fairly quick off the mark to register for the competition, as the deadline is Wednesday 30 March 2011. The final closing date for entries is Thursday 12 May 2011.
This is your chance to dream, design and think differently about some of South Yorkshire’s Forgotten Spaces.
Claire Hutchinson, RIBA Yorkshire
Phone: 0113 389 9870
Tess Humphrys, Sheffield Hallam University
Phone: 0114 225 4025