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Ebenezer Gate Pocket Park

Sara, Rachel; Jones, Matthew; Rice, Louis; Daniels, Sally; de Graft-Johnson, Ann


Rachel Sara
Associate Professor in Low Energy Design in Architecture

Louis Rice
Associate Professor in Architecture


The Hands-on-Bristol collective worked with local residents, community groups artists, architects and makers to co-create a community run pocket park. The research aim underpinning the project was to use action-based design-research processes to explore how collaborative processes can positively empower communities in place-making. The project then ran in two phases, with two distinct sub-aims: To explore how can abandoned pockets of urban space be reclaimed for community use through participatory design processes and; To develop techniques which empower communities in place-making.

The projects developed a range of methods of engagement that facilitated working closely with a wide section of the community in collaboration with students, artists and built environment professionals. The project generated initial ideas for sustainable community place-making through organizing creative consultation and co-design events, working with local stakeholders to identify pockets of abandoned space and generate debate about their use,and then to negotiate the opening up of a disused pocket of land for community use. The project used co-design principles to design and build a community space, funded by the DCLG which empowered the community to take ownership of the space in a way that led to it functioning as a successful community managed space.


Sara, R., Jones, M., Rice, L., Daniels, S., & de Graft-Johnson, A. (2016). Ebenezer Gate Pocket Park

Digital Artefact Type Other
Conference Name Barn Raising Event
Start Date Apr 17, 2017
End Date Apr 17, 2017
Publication Date Apr 17, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 30, -0001
Keywords co-design, participation, architecture, community, pocket park
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