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Thursday, June 13 • 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Engaging citizens to create inclusive cultural interventions that improve wellbeing & unite communities: Case studies from Northern Ireland

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Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland is a city that lies on the banks of the river Foyle, which historically has acted as a natural divide between two conflicted communities. As a result, the city turned its back on the river, diverting people towards the city-centre. Due to the isolation and darkness, over the last decade, areas around the Foyle riverfront have become synonymous with mental health issues and suicide. The ‘Our Future Foyle’ project aims to decrease the negative associations with these areas and improve overall wellbeing through the use of community designed architectural interventions. This presentation outlines a three-year active research and design project that uses an inclusive design approach to bring life to the banks of the river Foyle and ultimately help to improve wellbeing and unite communities.
We present our approach in consulting key community groups and engaging over 5,000 local residents. This has led to the development of a series of pop-up portable space concepts along the riverfront that have been co-designed with local people that act as a community response to improving wellbeing without medical stigma.

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Jak Spencer

Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Thursday June 13, 2019 5:15pm - 7:00pm
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