There’s an organisation I really admire in Liverpool, called PLACED. Stands for PLACE EDUCATION. I’ve worked with them in the recent past and been friends with their founder Jo Harrop for a good long time.
Today just off Bold Street they launched their Better Places Together programme and their special new friend, Ed the camper van.
So a few words from Ed and Jo:
“PLACED is an award-winning social enterprise that engages and involves people of all ages and backgrounds in architecture, planning and design and enables them to shape their built environment.”
And Better Places Together?
“This is a project that will invite local people to explore ideas for how to improve spaces and places across the city.
We have refurbished a camper van, named Ed, which has become a unique, mobile workspace touring the city. We’ll be running mini-workshops, hands-on activities and facilitating discussion which tackles topics around the built environment.
From the city centre to further afield, we will be inviting you to join us. So we hope you can join the debate.”
Because places matter. As I’m sure you realise.
Ropewalks Square is a relatively new place, created by some selective demolition around the turn of the century on Bold Street, to link the street to the newly created FACT just behind it on Wood Street. And while it’s worked fine as a way to see and get to FACT it’s never really worked as a public square or breathing space. I’ve criticised it on here before.
So what ideas might the passing people of Liverpool come up with here today?
And I get in Ed the camper van, it was going to happen wasn’t it! Meanwhile the PLACED team continue the real work of talking to people about architecture, planning and design on a splendid sunny Saturday.As an aside there are plans for a part of this square at the moment.
A really good day. And with more to come:
- Islington pop-up, Friday 23rd June
- Liverpool Pride pop-up, Sunday 30th July
- Our City View Photo Exhibition, Saturday 2nd September
- Through the Keyhole pop-up, Thursday 7th September
And of course there can be other dates, especially if you have an event or project you might like Ed and the PLACED team to support? Get in touch with Jo and the team.
As well as the events, throughout the summer there’ll be an interactive social media campaign and blogs, showcasing some of the most innovative projects in the city and sharing news of Better Places Together as it develops.