Collaboration between the University of Brighton and the Triangle Community Group.
01 Jun 2011
The ‘On Our Doorsteps’ programme, run by the University of Brighton Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP), funded a scoping project to produce initial strategies for improving the 'triangle' of streets and houses in Brighton for which the Triangle Community Group has taken responsibility. This consisted of a collaboration between Triangle; Professor Susannah Hagan and Luis Diaz of the Office for Spatial Research, School of Architecture and Design; and post-graduate Architecture students, some of whom live in the area concerned.
Working closely with the Triangle community, the Architecture programme offered trained designers the opportunity to generate specific insight into, and strategies for, the physical improvement of the Triangle neighbourhood. The neighbourhood was investigated in four ways: existing physical conditions; social challenges; stakeholder responsibilities; and solutions. The ‘existing conditions’ included surveys of open space, street furniture and occupation types, among others. The ‘social challenges’ looked at uses, night time versus daytime use, and community spaces. ‘Stakeholder responsibilities’ charted the various agencies responsible for different aspects of the community which require attention, such as parking, noise pollution and traffic. The final section, ‘Solutions,’ is a menu of ideas from existing places in Brighton that could be implemented in the Triangle neighbourhood at not much expense. An exhibition of the research at the Phoenix Gallery, Brighton opened on Friday, 27 May 2011.