Monday, 4 December 2017

Urban Design Workshop with Oxford Academy

A group of first year students from the BA Urban Design, Planning and Development recently ran an Urban Design workshop with sixth form students from the Oxford Academy. The workshop was designed to develop visions and ideas for the improvement of the Blackbird Leys Central District and is part of a live project to be presented to Oxford City Council.

The day was structured around a number of activities to challenge the students to think about their local environment and how they would like it to look in the future. These included drawing mental maps of the area to explore legibility: a visioning exercise to collect together ideas on how the Central District could be improved and a modelling exercise aimed at translating these ideas into changes on the ground.

The workshop in photos (thanks to the students for all these)...

Mental maps and... analysis.

The results!
Cutting and pasting to create...

...the mood boards

...which are part of the visioning exercise

Work in progress...

...and the finished mood boards...

...the second mood board.

The modelling exercise...

...using play-doh and wooden blocks

For more information on the BA Urban Design, Planning and Development and on the regeneration plans for the Blackbird Leys Central District, click on the blue links in the text above.

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