Forum is an ongoing project working alongside the Leeds community organisation, Community Action to Change Harehills (CATCH), and local Harehills residents. The brief was to change a wasteland area that had become the centre for drug use and violent crime into a community cricket pitch. Our creation has gone way beyond this. By coming together and through many hours of sweat and tears (no blood), we have created a truly sustainable urban regeneration project in the heart of a neglected community. This evolving urban design concept provides a real depth of opportunities for the local community.
The Forum is a centre for education, hands on training, cross community relations, creativity, culture, stimulating play and provides multiple and realistic income opportunities. Its strength is in its ability to adapt and evolve with the changing social and economic demographic of the area, providing a resilient framework for the future. The main concept of Forum revolves around the hub created through the implementation of a community nursery, social club, community cafe, outdoor education centre, urban farm, local market and events space into a unified area. The outward connection network through other community organisations and social enterprises in Harehills, integrates and concentrates positive intervention functioning sporadically across an entire community into a specific space.
Construction phase 1 begins in June 2012. More information about the project is available by contacting myself or CATCH directly.
This video is my creation for an interactive public exhibition that accompanied the unveiling of the project.