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Ballyconnelly regeneration concepts

June 3 2008

Regeneration specialist, Ballyconnelly Group, and design agency Stand are working with two Inverclyde Schools on a Community Space Programme - a design project to help 28 students create concepts for what their community of the future might look like.
The design project has evolved from Ballyconnelly Group's founder and director Pol Stewart’s desire to find out what young people want from the public space in their local area.
The design brief for the Community Space Programme invites the school students to consider what the ideal place to live would look like and asks them to develop places where people of all ages can meet, mix and play.
Stand was brought on board due to its experience of engaging young people in design projects for Clydebank Rebuilt and Loretto Housing Association.
Stuart Gilmour, creative director of Stand said: “My involvement as a designer is to offer input which will help the students think about how to approach the project to best answer the brief. I’ve encouraged them to look all around for design ideas from their direct living environment to European architecture. I’ve also opened their minds to the idea of what they’d like from public space in a recreational sense. We’ve explored the idea of what home, buildings and public space mean, and how your living environment affects how you feel."
Both Stewart and Gilmour will spend three and half days with each school over a three week period, offering the students advice.
A special exhibition of the student’s response to the design project brief will be on display at The Lighthouse Gallery in Glasgow in June.

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