HIGH STREETS are becoming the NEXT BIG THING it seems.
Look atsome of this recent stuff…………………………………………………………………………….
BIG SOCIETY MARY PORTAS DESIGNWEEK
ITS TIME TO NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN YOUR SQUARE MILE
Based on recent research there is a lot of debate beginning to happen, and I am keen to develop my design project and ideas for participatory events to bring various stakeholders together. It is all about regenerating high street environments, but there is huge potential in this public space. High streets are a place where everyone goes, even if they do not always engage with the urban environment that exists. Most people have no real opinion about these spaces…………..until you ask them the right sort of questions!
High streets are suffering…….. but there are real pockets of innovative projects starting to emerge, from pop-up shops to general improvements in the physical surroundings, which aim to enhance the public image and experience of these retail spaces.
LETS CHANGE the HIGH STREETS It is time to develop ideas to make these streets and centres more of an experience that will attract and retain shoppers and customers, as well as bringing in more quality in retailing standards which should provide better training and service from savvy retailing business organisation and specilaist shops. Improving service will add real value to the experience of finding the right product or advice. Communication is vital.
Imagine the high street as an attraction which has facilities and focus points to re-engage with everyone in the community in each town centre. Each town has its own identity and story to tell ,which opens up the opportunity to be URBAN LOCAL .
URBAN BANK is a proposed concept of mine, which could be the CATALYST EVENT FORUM POINT, to initially gather research information and become a place or HUBPOINT where people can contribute ideas and suggestions and visionary thoughts about their own town’s futurism and sustainable prosperity. Technological ideas may have a part to play in this process. Funding such endeavour will be partof the project tasks.
There are many examples, from all over the world, from cities to samll villages and communities, which can be used as inspiration, to show and prove that involving the community and key stakeholders can bring enormous benefits for all.
New ideas, new ways of thinking, new design concepts and propositions can inform and engage with people who have interests in the ongoing enhancement and development of a vibrant community.
For my own project development for my MDes Research Project, it is time to provide a detailed plan of action that will attract and involve the range of interested stakeholders in opening up their thinking and their vision to develop real and tangible project work. Below is a sketch map of sunny Kirkcaldy which could be laid out on a large scale as the focal point of a participatory work shop event in the near future. AUGUST could be the first workshop event. WATCH THIS SPACE
K I R K C A L D Y
MARY PORTAS has been appointed to lead an independent review of HIGH STREETS.
She is asking for contributions, information, thoughts and ideas about opinions on the current and future visions for improving and regenerating HIGH STREETS.
She only has until AUGUST 2011 to get this done…… tough call!