We actively support projects and take up opportunities that collectively reimagine and recreate place making and green spaces.
At Living Space Project we encourage
collectively owned solutions...
...and the kind of community inclusive place making opportunities that helps create real assets and prosperity – social and economic in urban neighbourhoods, from pocket parks, community gardens, food growing, local high streets, rejuvenating ‘lost’ spaces, to neighbourhood plans and projects.
We actively support projects take up opportunities that collectively reimagine and recreate place making and green spaces.
Shared places and spaces
We’re working with public, private, charities, community organisations and grant making foundations to support their thinking on green spaces, urban spaces and wildlife.
Using Living Space’s supports shared space projects - to draw up urban place and space briefs, facilitate strategic plans, test bed ideas, curate stakeholder discussions, and carry out rigorous research - for developments, community, planning and environment projects, funding and social investment programmes.
Parks & green spaces
People’s Parks Initiative is one of our green spaces projects. We’re investigating how to combine park and green space making, with a spectrum of income generating activities and innovations, under the auspices of community ownership or governance. Read our report New Model Thinking for Park Futures.
Living Space Project is bringing together stakeholders from across government, NGOs, community, business and media - working on practical place making, social environmental research and policy.
The aim? To explore opportunities for parks and green spaces to retain income that is generated, to reinvest in its own growth, creating a place based hub for communities and the local economy throughout the year.
communities & place
Living Space Project set up the Environment, Space and Place programme for the Big Local. The Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1million to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities.
It’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live. We’ve provided advice and tool kits to The Local Trust, and set up pilot projects designed to provide areas with support and advice on place making and green spaces.
We helped the pilots turn their local area around, one step at a time. Targeted support to each of the pilot projects, and our workshops to the wider Big Local areas community, has helped communities transform local places and green spaces.
funding & philanthropy
Working with major grant making organisations and funders and partners, LSP’s Director has led on developing place led strategies and programmes for philanthropists, foundations and funders. The focus is on supporting grant making clients, to invest in spaces where people can learn, validate, and share common interest as they develop economic, social, and environmental assets.
Philanthropists or organisations that fund placemaking are having to confront and turn around significant social and economic issues locally, nationally and globally. We offer new strategies, models and programmes that tackle these issues by creating funding models that build resilience in the communities they support as well as within their organisations or portfolios.
research & action learning
(SuSCit) a three-year project was set up to work with socially and economically excluded communities to have a greater say in neighbourhood space design, environment and sustainability, innovation and research.
Supported by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Research Council), and with our partners Policy Studies Institute, and the University of Westminster’s, Centre for Sustainable Development (CfsD), we tested a range of place making engagement tools and techniques including film making, walking tours, and inter generational workshops with local communities and people who work in urban design, science and engineering.
The SusCit engagement tools have been used in a number of other research and community projects.
prosperity & employment
Living Space Project set up the hub Academy for Greener Jobs and Skills, supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Our findings are centred around place making and its potential to use community-level processes to facilitate a greener and fairer local economy that benefits everyone.
'Place making, prosperity and the local green economy’, is Living Space Project’s report, aimed at contributing to the local and global projects aimed at growing prosperity in neighbourhoods. Launched at the Growing Prosperity conference. The report looks at how greener jobs can be fair and accessible to people living in London, one of the most diverse cities in the world. Our findings suggest that green jobs and community-led place making are crucial to creating more prosperous local economies.
children & Young people
Better Cities works with children and young people to get involved in Urban regeneration is based on creating well-designed places for people, promoting social inclusion and environmental equality. Better Cities is about, tackling the possibility of urban unrest, by providing opportunities for young people to get involved in decision making and design of places and green spaces in cities.
The process was complimented by workshops with community leaders, policy makers and/or decision makers from young people’s living in urban areas. The purpose of these consultations is to compare perceptions, raise awareness of place making ideas and issues raised by children and young people.
The project developed strong pan Europe connections with young people in Berlin, Amsterdam & London, with support from the EU Green and Jean Lambert MEP.