The City Questions Summer School takes form as a series of workshops, facilitated by designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, that will explore questions like who participates in shaping our city and how are these processes generated.
Who questions? is the first session of the Summer Schoool. We will be exploring different methods and strategies used to question urban issues in Nottingham.
For this session we are working with Sneinton Alchemy which is a CIC (Community Interest Company) run by locals that works for the benefit of the community, to improve the neighbourhood and support local enterprise. On Thrusdays they run the Growin' Spaces Community Cafe where we will meet Laura Alvarez to discuss the group's different tools and roles as agents of change in the face of redevelopment.
Laura Alvarez is a researcher and urban designer at the University of Nottingham, she will tell us about the research she has been doing about Sneinton. Laura is also working with the Community Organiser team at Sneinton Alchemy to identify the social value of spaces and places- recognising that it's not just about what the professionals see as important, but what local people know and understand about the real workings of neighbourhoods. Sometimes, the bits of town that locals see as important are not given the priority they should be in urban planning.
We will meet at Nottingham Contemporary’s front desk at 6.30pm and we'll go to Steninton where the session will begin.