Unlocking Spaces

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UNLOCKING SPACES : Mapping spatial opportunities in Brighton&Hove maps and visualises open urban space in the Ditchling Rise area, investigating land that has scope to be more intensively used for both sporting and cultivating activities.

Using the expertise of the lead researcher, Katrin Bohn, in designing for productive urban landscapes, the resulting ‘Opportunity Maps’ mark underused open space in Brighton&Hove that could be enhanced in a sustainable way through the superposition of various public actions including urban food growing. Aim of the design research part of the project is to identify one or more particular spaces for a live food-growing installation that visually links the mapped spaces.

The Opportunity Maps are shown in an interactive exhibition and food-growing event to generate discussion within the local community on issues related to public space use, active lifestyles (leisure and commercial), personal health and urban sustainability. This public, interactive exhibition is part of the Ditchling Rise ‘Big Lunch’ day on 18 July.


The project is based on field research already undertaken by University of Brighton diploma architecture students. It draws from the academic and design backing of the CPUL City concept with the aim of suggesting alternative land uses in a practical way and engaging Brighton&Hove communities in a process of unlocking space in their neighbourhood and in their heads for productivity in a wider sense.

Project team: Katrin Bohn, Vaida Morkunaite, Kirsty Sutherland (all University of Brighton)

Partners: André Viljoen, Colin Priest, Frank O'Sullivan, Jono Gales, Mikey Tomkins, Stefano Santilli, and residents from the Ditchling Rise Area Residents Association