Easter School Success

This Easter over 50 young people took part in a fantastic design and planning school funded by the University of Liverpool Department of Geography and Planning to learn about the design of cities. During the Easter holidays, the group of young people joined us for four days to gain an insight into studying and careers in the built environment, and planning and designing for communities. The participants took part in a wide range of challenging activities, focusing on the regeneration of the Islington area, a live project in Liverpool 3.

The activities included: a walking tour of Islington area where they carried out a site analysis of the route and its notable design features, building a 1:100 model of the route, working in teams to develop briefs and design proposals for the next stage of the Islington regeneration and finally presenting their ideas to the rest of the group. On the final evening, they were given the opportunity to showcase their work to friends and family at an exhibition, and for participants to receive awards.

The workshop gave participants a valuable insight into planning and how the design of places impacts communities, as well the prospective careers they could choose to go into. Feedback from the young people included:

  • This has given me more insight into career options and I’m more likely to go down this path
  • It reinforced my passion and has proven I really want a career in this area… I’m now considering urban design
  • It’s given me an in-depth look at what urban design entails and the sort of things that happen at university

The programme also enabled participants to develop a self-awareness of their transferrable skills, increase their confidence in communicating and working as part of a team, and gave them a greater understanding of the built world around them.

  • It made me think on the spot, improved my communication and skills when working in a team
  • It has helped with public speaking, working in a team and communicating my ideas
  • I recognised my weaknesses and talents so I know what to do
  • I gained more confidence in discussing my ideas with new people.

The Easter School gave young people the opportunity to work closely with the PLACED team, including landscape architects, planners, urban designers and architects along with five Student Ambassadors studying related subjects. In addition, the University of Liverpool informed them about the courses they have on offer as a route to their desired careers in the future.

Those who took part told us that they felt proud of what they achieved on the course – as were all the PLACED team. The work produced was of an outstanding quality. The group demonstrated through their ideas and debates just how much they understood the significance of prioritising people when designing. We are sure some of them will utilise this knowledge in their professional careers and be able to make a great impact in shaping our future cities.

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