Bringing the Open Brief to life. In the future, what are people doing?
People are eating ice-creams and watching people wandering in and out of small units for independent businesses. #GatheringPlace
People are sitting at tables outside a café drinking coffee, while not far away someone fills their water bottle at a free water fountain. #GatheringPlace
People are feeling very welcome to the area if they don’t want to spend money and are sitting, eating homemade sarnies. #GatheringPlace
Young people now meet here instead of “where the fountain used to be” as it’s easy to find and welcoming, and there’s space for them to sit and gather, and shops and cafes close by. #GatheringPlace
Small groups are gathering and waiting for a gig that is about to start. #GatheringPlace
Commerce: Design Challenges
- It will be important for people to be able to spend time in the area without spending money. This means careful design of space, seating and other features (water fountains, shelter) to allow commercial units (cafes, bars etc) to coexist with seating and gathering space where there is no pressure to spend.
- People felt that this was an area that didn’t need shops …but it was also accepted that commercial activity can bring life to outdoor space. How can new commercial units be designed to bring economic diversity to the area?
- Evening activity should be encouraged to ensure the spaces are animated when the shops close. What kind of environment will enable this, and how should lighting, shelter and enclosure be designed? How can the environment make it easy to clean up ready for the next day?