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The Sea Field. Public life hack!

Join us to deliver some creative landscape interventions and engaging events as part of our first ever co-design summer school programme in July 2017!

The Sea Field Project is an ongoing self-initiated project delivered on a voluntary basis by HERE+NOW.  As part of this ongoing project we are planning a 'public life hack' programme for the month of July! A series of temporary landscape interventions and community engagement events at the Seafield promenade near Portobello, Edinburgh that reveal the potential of Seafield as a place, and document their impact on public life.  

Why Sea Field?  The project aims to re-imagine the opportunity and potential of Edinburgh’s waterfront for people and for nature. The Seafield urban area faces onto the Firth of Forth and North Sea beyond, yet seems to turn its back on this beautiful landscape. While it provides a well used walking and cycling route between Portobello and Leith, people tend not to spend time here, and the wide promenade space is currently better known for the backs of car showrooms and the bus depot rather than an exciting vibrant place in which to spend time. We feel this stunning sea frontage and landscape has potential to become a city-wide destination, with improved dunescape and planting, and more opportunity for public life as a vibrant place to meet and spend time.  Some of the outputs for this will feed into the ongoing project, including as part of Porty Art Walk 2017.

Interested in working as part of a team to take a lead on some of these interventions? Applications are now open for this 2 day per week free summer school!  9 individuals will be selected to work in small teams with training and guidance from HERE+NOW to deliver a total of 3 physical landscape interventions or engagement events in July 2017. Please see the programme for dates you would need to be able to commit to. In turn we can offer experience in co-design, facilitating community events, piloting techniques, action-based research.  Volunteers may be students, recent graduates or interested professionals, and should have an interest in public space or urban design, landscape architecture, and community engagement.

To apply:  take a look at the programme and key dates, and email us a covering letter and CV / Portfolio by 2 June.

FIRST EVER EDINBURGH 'HIDDEN FEATURES' FILM-NIGHT!

We're excited to let you know we have just launched our first ever Hidden Features event in Edinburgh! 

This new series of cinema screenings showcases local film-makers short films in unusual hidden city spaces around Edinburgh.  Hidden Features events promote and provide a platform for local film-makers to share their work whilst also revealing and exploring hidden interesting spots of the city.  Each Hidden Features event takes place in a different nook of urban space, transformed into a cinema space for one night only, and has a different theme.  

The first ever Edinburgh-based Hidden Features event will be taking place on Thursday 27 August at 7.30pm along the theme of 'The Secret Life of the City' in a secret EH6 location that will only be revealed to ticket-holders 24 hours ahead of the event.  Tickets can be purchased here.  Pre-booking tickets is essential. Get yours here, with a lovely 20% off by entering discount code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

Hidden Features builds on the series of 'Secret Cinema' events in Australia founded by HERE + NOW Curatorial Director Jenny Humberstone, which brought together volunteers, local stakeholders, film-makers and artists to collaborate and co-create a series of projected film screenings that activated and enlivened vacant or stalled spaces, finding a creative use for these otherwise neglected nooks of the city. 

Join us to explore a hidden nook of urban space transformed for one night only into a secret cinema space screening local film-makers work along the theme 'The Secret Life of the City' . 

TINY POLICE BOX EXHIBITION

HERE + NOW have been taking to the streets over the last few weeks to talk to the local people of Canonmills, Edinburgh as part of the PEP Talks project in collaboration with Architecture + Design Scotland.  This weekend we had a truly tiny exhibition of our PREP Talks film in which we spoke to a range of people about their hopes and aspirations for the local area.  

This tiny exhibition took place in a unique miniature sized urban space - the local police box in Canonmills - and invited passers-by to come and join the discussion about their local neighbourhood, gain inspiration from the film by seeing what their neighbours are already suggesting, and stop and have a chat about their views of the area.

The Canonmills police box has historically been a community focal point in the neighbourhood so made the perfect setting for a community-oriented exhibition.  It has recently been bought by the lovely Moira, who will be transforming it over the coming months into a florist bursting with life called 'CornerCopia'.  Thanks to Moira for partnering with us on this event!

Find out more about our process and its focus on people, place and participation and the ways we design, engage and curate.

TAKING DESIGN TO THE STREETS

The HERE + NOW team took to the streets last week to do some face-to-face user research about how people local to Canonmills, Edinburgh, feel about their local area. Check out our video of this process below.

We call this a 'PREP Talk' - a preparation and information gathering event -  asking the people who use and experience a place how they feel about it at present, and what their hopes and aspirations are for the future.  The  'PREP Talk' provided  essential feedback that can then be 'fed forward' to help set the agenda for the follow-up PEP Talk event.  Who knows better what improvements their local places need than the people who live or regularly pass through there?

This is linked to our concept of  'User Experience Design for Place-making'. A focus on user-centred, participatory, iterative and bottom-up approaches to both engage people in place and provide a framework within which local people can meet each other, share their views, and work together to take action to improve their local places.

Following this initial phase of talking to local people about their experiences, we then bring the community, local businesses and other stakeholders together through events, talks and discussions to help kick-start action for improving their local places...  'PEP Talks'. They are about People Engaging in Place, a call to action and a kick-starter for local communities to work together and drive positive change. All whilst having a good time and meeting other interesting people! More on the PEP Talk series soon..

Thanks to Architecture + Design Scotland for their support in developing this process!

 

PEP Talks / PREP Talks from Jenny Humberstone on Vimeo.

HERE + NOW take to the streets to do some face-to-face user research about how people local to Canonmills feel about their local area. We call this a 'PREP Talk' - preparation and research ahead of a PEP Talk event. At a PEP Talk we then bring stakeholders together through discussion and talks to help kick-start action for improving their local places.

 

PREP TALKS..

Happy Friday !

We have had a very productive week at Here + Now as we have been out and about speaking to people in various places around Edinburgh. We are developing a very exciting project called PEP Talks (People Engaging in Place). The concept of the PEP Talks project is to ignite an interest in a certain location around the city and invite speakers and contributors to an evening (or day) of discussion and inspiration. We are in the process of developing the project for wider release,  and have been collecting material as a first stage - a PREP Talk for the .. PEP Talks… get it?! 

We have been out in the cold chatting to passing people and  are now in the process of developing a short film featuring the people we talked to. It’s been inspiring and interesting to really engage with the public and the environment around us. By engaging in a simple conversation we have gained a huge amount of insight into some spaces around Edinburgh. It definitely demonstrates that we can learn the most about a place from the people that use it.  Watch this space for our PREP Talk film .. More to come soon…!!

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