An urban place-making laboratory in Preston Barracks, and a key part of U+I developers FIELD project which will run on the site to inform the final development there which includes a Central Research laboaroty (CRL).
The Place Maker Space is the College of Arts and Humanities answer to the 'Urban Room' idea suggested in the government commissioned Farrell Review 2014. It is a space for people who are actively making and envisioning places, or communities to come together and use various 'place-maker' tools to help create collaborative visions for their neighbourhoods.
In 2016 the university will be launching a year long programme of community engagement workshops that enable a diverse range of community groups, organisations and service providers to co-design and visualise solutions and opportunities for the city and beyond.
The University’s plans for the Preston Barracks site, includes a co-located home for Community 21 and two graduate social enterprises Exploring Senses and BlockBuilders.
The Placemakers Space will be used for teaching, research and as a resource for social studios related to live briefs.