Make your Mark
How do we turn disused urban spaces into vibrant places for young people to socialise and play?
Our placemaking projects always start with group expeditions, exploring, collecting and documenting the space. Young people then identify spaces that they would like to claim as their territory. We work with tools to clear scrub and trees then build benches, platforms and swings to create spaces where children feel safe to play, socialise and relax.
The final phase of the transformation is possibly the most fun … we bring out the spray paints! (low CFC acrylic or suger based to protect the environment) Unloved spaces become vibrant, colourful, fun places for the community to explore and enjoy!
Disused urban spaces are often used for graffiti art, during our workshops we are able to talk to young people about why it is ok to paint in these spaces and not others. We believe that when used in a positive way, respecting other people’s property, spray painting can be a powerful way of connecting with and taking ownership of a space.