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Manifesto Who we are 2015 for us HERE+NOW’s first year

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Approach We design, engage, curate Why co-design? Online / offline Tools

HOLD ME DEAR PEP Talks Direct observation Co-design tools

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Engage PEP Talks Canonmills Settings for Learning Dalry workshops and hoarding design

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Design Barrhead South Gate 55 Tiptoes nursery Glenboig Curate Street Assessment City Link Festival Feeling of Connection

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MANIFESTO

HERE+NOW is a landscape architecture and co-design studio, specialised in innovative people-focused design for the built environment. Using the ‘design thinking’ model HERE+NOW deliver a series of products and services that put people back at the heart of the process of designing and enhancing places. We combine three strands of work: engage - design - curate to deliver a process that integrates stakeholders to realise meaningful places. We visually capture this process and believe in the importance of communicating and sharing our approach with communities and decision makers alike.

HERE IS THE PLACE. NOW IS THE TIME.

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WHO WE ARE

HERE+NOW is an experienced team of landscape architects, designers, place-makers, curators and graphic communicators. We are Scotland’s first not-for-profit landscape architecture studio specialised in co-design. We combine skills in both high quality built environment design and engagement with local people to advocate a co-design approach for landscape architecture. Through co-design workshops, live design sessions, exhibitions and participatory events we work with local communities to combine their local knowledge with our design expertise at all stages of the design development. We use a mixture of online and offline tools to engage the most diverse range of people - including live design workshops, walkabouts outside combined with lively discussion, user interviews on the street, online place-based photography submissions and exciting evening events and exhibitions that don’t feel like the typical ‘community engagement’. The output is more resilient, improved built environment design that

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builds social capital and relationships, helps develop greater ownership of these local places, and creates a design bespoke and suited to the community and client it serves. We visually document this design process through film and photography and curate events, exhibitions and publications to both engage local people and share the design process and its outputs with the community and clients. Over the last year HERE+NOW have been developing and testing a range of techniques and tools to help bring a codesign approach to the landscape architecture industry in Scotland. We are pleased to share a sample of these with you via this HERE+NOW 2015 document, including tools such as PEP Talks, Hold Me Dear, and Street Assessment. We are an agency for action, making a difference HERE+NOW.


LIZ THOMAS

JENNY ELLIOTT

DESIGN DIRECTOR.

CURATORIAL DIRECTOR.

A Chartered Landscape Architect with over 10 years in practice. Liz specialises in projects which make a difference to people and place; from urban realm placemaking, to greenspace design, temporary landscape interventions, landscape frameworks, community projects and facilitating briefing and design workshops. Liz is also a tutor on the landscape architecture degree courses at ESALA, The University of Edinburgh, and a guest critic on the MArch programme at ESALA and Strathclyde.

Jenny is a Landscape Architect, Designer and Photographer with experience curating a range of place-focused participatory events and exhibitions in Australia and the UK. Jenny is interested in developing new ways to catalyse positive change in urban spaces through collaboration, activating vacant spaces and fostering local creative talent. She is founder of the Hold Me Dear project and Secret Cinema Australia / Hidden Features and is an experienced project manager and curator of place-based exhibitions & events.

LISA JEFFREY ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR.

Lisa is a Landscape Architect and a people person! She has a keen interest in engaging people with places, and has been actively involved in school engagement workshops and with youth group creative clubs. Most recently she has spent time abroad travelling and also previously worked for OKRA in The Netherlands. During this time she developed a passion for promoting the importance of being connected and stimulated by the places around us.

FIORELLA MODOLO

METTE MOLLER

URBAN DESIGNER.

URBAN DESIGNER,

Fiorella Modolo is an Urban Designer and Illustrator. Fiorella developed an interest in placemaking whilst studying Spatial Design in Edinburgh and Architecture in Venice. Fiorella graduated with a First Class BDes (Hons) in Interior and Spatial Design at Edinburgh Napier University in 2015, receiving a University Medal and Best In Show Award for her graduation project on Pedestrian Redevelopment in Venice. She is constantly evolving and applying her interest for public spaces as an Urban Designer at HERE+NOW and in her work as freelance Illustrator.

Mette Møller is an Urban Designer and Planner. Following an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Urban Design and a year working for Danish architectural firm Årstiderne Arkitekter, Mette graduated in 2015 with a Masters in Planning Studies (MSocSc) from Roskilde University, Denmark and moved to Edinburgh. Mette’s approach to the design process focuses importance on the people who use that urban area. She believes in the importance of involving the current or potential future users of that urban space to understand the existing urban environment.

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Live music as part of the launch event of the HOLD ME DEAR: FOUR CITIES exhibition curated by HERE+NOW in Rodney Street Tunnel as part of City LInk Festival. September 2015.


2015 FOR US

COMMUNITY 47%

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DESIGN Telferton 100 commercial Seafield (incl. Art Walk Porty) 30 in kind Glenboig park design 50 commercial Biscuit factory survey 20 in kind Barrhead greenspace network 350 commercial St Margaret’s sculpture garden 100 community Tiptoes nursery (landscape works) 50 community Dalry hoarding design 50 commercial East Baldridge 20 commercial Gate 55 40 community EH15 park 20 community Houston landscape masterplan 10 commercial Edinburgh street assessment 300 commercial

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ENGAGE Settings for learning 250 commercial PEP Talk Cannonmills 250 community/in kind Dalry workshop 50 community Barnardo’s workshops 20 community

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HERE+NOW development 800 development HERE+NOW proposals 200 development Starter for 6 150 development

COMMERCIAL 42% IN KIND 11%

CURATE Henk Bouwman film 50 commercial Feeling of connection to place 100 in kind Hidden Door 60 in kind City Link Festival HOLD ME DEAR 700 community Tiptoes nursery (website / logo) 100 community Hidden Fatures 100 in kind

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YEAR 1 TIMELINE

‘A FEELING OF CONNECTION TO PLACE’ EXHIBITIONS

PEP TALKS

March 2015

January 2015

Hidden Door : cinema films and participatory installation

DECEMBER 2014

begin Starter for 6 programme

filmmaking: Henk Bouwman documentary

SETTINGS FOR LEARNING February 2015

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Biscuit Factory plans

GLENBOIG PARK DESIGN June 2015


HOLD ME DEAR EXHIBITION - CITY LINK FESTIVAL

DALRY COLONIES WORKSHOPS + HOARDING DESIGN

September 2015

July 2015

GATE 55

September 2015

Tiptoes Nursery landscape design / style guide / branding / website

speak at panel debate ‘Reimagining the City’ symposium Copenhagen

Houston landscape-led masterplan

present at WalkHack Edinburgh

The SeaField popup intervention

DECEMBER 2015

Barnardo’s design workshops with Royal Horticultural Society

East Baldridge park design

Hidden Features activating city-space cinema event

BARRHEAD SOUTH GREENSPACE DESIGN

EH15 PARK DESIGN October 2015

STREET ASSESSMENT November 2015

July 2015

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APPROACH

Co-design = better design Co-design is when design professionals work closely with local people to create better places that are designed both for and with the end user. We offer both engagement workshops and events that enable this participation as well as the finalised design outcomes - combining local knowledge with our professional built environment design expertise. By taking an approach where combined engagement and design process is done genuinely, innovatively and from the start of any project we are able to create more meaningful, resilient and relevant design outcomes, supported by the end user. We capture local knowledge from the people that know most about it; how a place is currently used, aspirations for the future, local experiences and community networks. We bring design expertise from professionals trained in place design, landscape architecture and urban design. Based on this approach there are three core strands to HERE+NOW’s work - engage - design - curate. Our engage strand of work acts as both a way of involving local people in the design process and as a catalyst - driving momentum for change around a particular place and providing genuine opportunities for input into an evolving design process. It includes use of tools we have developed including

PEP Talks community place-making events, Hold Me Dear place-based photography workshops and exhibitions, live design workshops, facilitated discussions combined with walkabouts outside and user interviews and direct observation techniques that can help inform everything from Street Assessments to the creation of Community Design Briefs. Our design work uses this co-design approach to create robust resilient high quality landscape architecture, urban design or graphic design outputs grounded in user-research. Our team includes experienced professional Landscape Architects and Urban Designers with international experience who are also capable facilitators of co-design workshops. Our curate strand allows us to visually document and share everything that has happened throughout the co-design process to feed back to both the community and client via film and photography, or exhibitions and publications. We have photographers, graphic designers and film-makers inhouse so this also allows us to easily share these projects with a wider audience and for those involved to be able to see their input in visual form.

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On site design workshop, collaborating with team members from Optimised Environments (OPEN) to plan a sequence of Locally Loved Routes for the Hold Me Dear exhibition.


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WE ENGAGE, DESIGN + CURATE Our curated events, exhibitions, information sharing work and publications feed forward the lessons learnt from our co-design approach to constantly improve our own design process and help share the outcomes with others.

Our curation strand allows us to share photographs, short films, writing and toolkits with the people involved in the codesign process through events, exhibitions or online resources.

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A design workshop with nursery owners and staff at Tiptoes Nursery to work together on creating the most meaningful and resilient design outcome for their natural play outdoor garden.


WHY CO-DESIGN?

LOCAL EXPERTS

DESIGN EXPERTS

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Design experts have professional training and skills that allow them to make design decisions that interpret and deliver on the knowledge and opinions of those local experts who know the most about a place and how they would like to use it. Both the design experts and local people learn from each other to collaboratively create the best design or action for a local place. This results in a more resilient and robust final design that better fits its context and meets the needs of both the end user and client.

KNOW ABOUT THEIR LOCAL AREA • HOW ITS USED • ASPIRATIONS • SOCIAL CONNECTIONS

• SYNTHESISE LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND INTEGRATE THIS INTO THE DESIGN FROM THE START. • ITERATE + GET FEEDBACK FROM LOCAL PEOPLE AS THE DESIGN PROGRESSES

CO-DESIGN OUTCOMES • • • • •

USER TESTED ROBUST DESIGN SOCIAL CAPITAL FEELING OF OWNERSHIP INCREASED CITIZENSHIP WELL-BEING

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Settings for Learning: design thinking workshop


WE USE A MIX OF ONLINE AND OFFLINE TECHNIQUES TO ENGAGE WITH THE MOST DIVERSE RANGE OF PEOPLE

DESIGN WORKSHOPS USER INTERVIEWS

EVENTS + EXHIBITIONS

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ONLINE Online tools which connect with hard-to-reach or otherwise excluded people, who are often difficult to engage in a design process around placemaking.

OFFLINE Face-to-face tools which engage another sector of the public, often with design teams directly, to collectively develop briefs or live design solutions.

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Volunteers at the City Link Festival exhibition


TOOLS

HERE+NOW has developed a series of tools which can be used either online or offline, or which can be brought together in a strategy of action. In all our work we look to bring engagement and the design process together, and to share the findings through exciting and authentic curated outputs. The following pages list the tools we have tried and tested this year, a kit we continue to innovate and iterate to improve its functionality, outputs and direct relevance to both user and a project’s needs

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HOLD ME DEAR film projection as part of the ‘A Feeling of Connection to Place’ exhibition at The Biscuit Factory


HOLD ME DEAR

HOLD ME DEAR is a primarily online on-going project that invites any individual worldwide to contribute a photograph and 50 words about a place they treasure and the personal story behind why. The project reveals the importance of these seemingly ‘ordinary’ everyday places and how the hidden personal meaning, memories or nostalgia that may rarely be shared with one another make them [extra]ordinary. The HOLD ME DEAR project was founded in February 2014 by HERE+NOW’s Curatorial Director, inspired by a keen interest in how people use, experience and form personal connections and memories of place. Often the places we treasure are the result of our individual experiences, memories, love for certain qualities or personal stories connected with a place, but we rarely reveal these personal insights and discuss or share this with other people.

@HoldMeDear Hold Me Dear /theholdmedearproject

HOLD ME DEAR is a continually evolving and growing participatory, inclusive, photography project about people and place. Primarily it consists of an online gallery of photographs and short stories contributed to by individuals worldwide of places that mean something important to them. Together these images and words create a poignant and personal online gallery revealing the variety of treasured places and the personal insight behind why places are important to someone. In addition to the online galleries, Hold Me Dear has occasional physical exhibitions, either relating to the main online gallery or as part of specific projects or places as part of HERE+NOW’s service offering. To date these have included the HOLD ME DEAR: Four Cities, [Extra]Ordinary Places outdoor exhibition in Rodney St tunnel, Edinburgh as part of City Link Festival, our ‘Connection to Place’ exhibition as part of Hidden Door Festival 2015, an indoor studio exhibition in partnership with New Architects Melbourne, an exhibition at both Tent Gallery and The Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh in April 2015, and an outdoor exhibition at Testing Grounds in Melbourne in 2014. These exhibitions often encouraged engagement with the physical exhibition of photographs at each location evolving and growing over the course of a month to mirror the photographs being digitally added to the online gallery.

WHAT? The HOLD ME DEAR project offers a platform from which our individual stories of place can be shared with each other in a visually engaging way that starts conversations. WHO? HOLD ME DEAR has a main online gallery which has a deliberately open and inclusive ethos, encouraging and inviting participation from any individual worldwide to share a photograph and story of a place that they treasure. As well as the main HOLD ME DEAR gallery, open to individuals worldwide, we also offer HOLD ME DEAR as a service, for use as an engagement tool to engage people in their local places, consider what different places mean to them personally, and to then visually document and share these stories. RESOURCES NEEDED: • Creation of a dedicated project page and gallery on the HOLD ME DEAR website, and bespoke form submission. • Digital management and curation of submissions of photographs + 50 word stories to add to the website. • Facilitated engagement workshop exploring the personal meaning of place and photographic documentation of this. • Physical exhibition: an exhibition venue, creation of artwork combining each photograph with caption, photographic prints, exhibition launch event, promotion and organisation. LINKS: • www.thehereandnow.org.uk • www.holdmedear.co.uk • www.city-link.org/festival

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PEP TALKS PEP Talks are more than a one-off event; each PEP Talk is the result of a much longer engagement process talking to local people and listening closely to what their challenges, ideas and aspirations are for their local neighbourhood, usually over a period of 4 weeks before the event.

PEP stands for People Engaging in Place. A PEP Talk is just that - a ‘pep talk’ for a people who want to see change, starting with a community conversation about place. It is a catalyst, an inspiring event that brings together all the players in a community - including local residents, business, voluntary groups, and decision makers. We bring fresh eyes and ears, and always invite a couple of people with different backgrounds: from design professionals to storytellers to free running coaches, to share their knowledge from further afield. A PEP Talk connects, inspires, and forms on-going relationships to turn ideas into local action. It takes place in a local outdoor space or is hosted at a venue by a local organisation.

We don’t make assumptions for what is important to local people. The themes that come from talking and, more crucially, really listening to individual local people; stopping people in the street, popping in to local businesses or working with organisational partners, in the weeks before a PEP Talk event are what set the themes and agenda for the event itself and ensure each PEP Talk is tailored to issues or ideas the community are keen to discuss and share together. This preparation and research means each PEP Talk event is relevant and specific to that community - their aspirations, issues of local importance, ways different groups might work together, are tailored to their skills and strengths. Typically, the PEP talk process ends with a launch event at a weekend that extends and celebrates the community brief and any products from the event to the further engage with the fullest breadth of the community.

WHO? Each PEP Talk is designed to be inclusive of a whole community, meeting people ‘half way’. Young, old, working or not, we offer an inclusive, experiential and social event which everyone gets something out of. We invite a mix of speakers and people who run activities to inspire and connect with people. OUTPUTS: Each PEP Talk results in a community brief - it represents the ideas they support and have already started evolving during the PEP Talk event. By activating activism we can bring out the most interesting and relevant stories, observations, and offer an exciting way to share this social history. We would encourage the client to continue discussion around the model or map board, or use a local partner to host the model and it’s iteration. RESOURCES NEEDED: • A venue hosted with a local partner; • A lead-in of 2-4 weeks to engage the public and local businesses and organisations; • A team of speakers and demonstrators; • A map or a model, with stickers.

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Direct observation techniques on the Street Assessment project, Edinburgh


DIRECT OBSERVATION

WHAT? • The data collected results in a visual and written analysis section of the final report detailing the street life of each town centre • A town centre strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for design is identified. • Outputs will also include the relation of this data to adjacent land uses and mapping of frontages. • The analysis section of our direct observation reports feed into a design brief for each street based on the data collected.

The HERE+NOW team have developed a thorough and systematic methodology using both recognised tools and techniques as advocated by Jan Gehl amongst others, and building upon these with our own public space design research to assess both the place function of each location and the movement function it provides at present.

A different set of techniques and tools is used to address the movement function and place function of a town centre. Direct observation techniques such as pedestrian counts, spatially mapping different users activities and tracing are used to explore each town centre’s movement function, with a particular focus on walkability and pedestrian usage.

Utilisation of a standardised set of tools and techniques, with data collected at consistent set of times and days of the week enables comparison of different town centres in terms of these movement and place functions, as well as more detailed analysis and comparison between key locations within each town centre. This is done in addition to other complementary analysis of each town centre, including facade studies and land use studies to help interpret and analyse the data collected.

Qualitative methods such as user interviews are also used to add depth and detail based on user experience to supplement the movement data already collected, and enable assessment of the place function of each street.

This methodology enables robust analysis of the street assessment data collected, which in turn informs a design brief for each location detailing how these town centres should evolve to maximise the potential for benefiting public life.

HERE+NOW’s methodology includes utilisation of a unique follow-up step to the analysis stages advocated by other contemporary urban design thinkers, in the application of 12 Design Recommendations for high quality public space design to enhance health, well-being and public life as developed by one of the HERE+NOW Co-Directors during Post Graduate research.

DESIGN BRIEFS: The design brief is where key opportunities for improvement at each location are identified and communicated. Design briefs focus on particular localities in each town centre where there is strong potential for enhancement of public life. This contextualised design brief is presented in a final public life street assessment report alongside a series of design recommendations and visual render to communicate how these might be imagined. DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS: HERE+NOW frame design recommendations around a set of 12 design criteria which are a synthesis of the academic literature to date relating to best practice public space design in terms of encouraging quality of life, health, well-being, and pedestrian activity. They were developed in research by one of the HERE+NOW Directors to be and are intended as a natural follow-on step from a public life street assessment. They have been refined so they can be easily applied to any public space once a site specific street assessment has been conducted to ensure the most resilient robust high quality design.

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WALKABOUTS

LANDSCAPE + URBAN DESIGN WITH CO-DESIGN

We know that people are different outside: they think differently, share more openly, and see things with new eyes. We use this to our advantage when we engage with people: often it’s a great way to make for a more experiential consultation process.

When we design places we do it with the end user in mind. We use Design Thinking as the structuring model for this.

Walkabouts are tours of a specific locality guided by locals. We invite people to show us places they like or don’t like, and there are never any rights or wrongs in their observations. Sometimes, to help see things or reveal conditions, we give them a ‘persona’, e.g. reporter, photographer, storyteller, videographer. Young people can learn new skills in analysis and data collection; everyone benefits from sharing new insights into the places we often take for granted.

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Design Thinking describes an iterative process creating new and innovative ideas for particular issues. The process is applicable by people from all walks of life, and is not limited to a specific context or area of expertise. Although commonplace in many other design industries, there are currently no other landscape architecture companies applying the Design Thinking model in Scotland. The overlapping steps of empathise, prototype, design, test, and iterate from design thinking provide a perfect structure for the expression of HERE+NOW’s tools, services and co-design outputs.


LIVE DESIGN

USER SPOT INTERVIEWS

Quick-fire design iteration, testing, prototyping and interventions are how we challenge people and places to be better. We are able to plan, prepare and deliver live design workshops where a temporary (indoor or outdoor) design studio is set up and design interventions can be tested.

We don’t just talk about it, we are careful listeners too. We work hard at this: it’s a skill in itself.

Whether using sheets of tracing paper to sketch peoples’ ideas in a live design workshp, or using 1:1 scale working models of an idea, we are keen on the rapid transformations and excited by the empowerment which results when you just get your hands dirty and put something into action.

Asking the right questions and listening to and understanding the answers provides us with valuable insight and design rationale. It means that the design recommendations or community briefing is an accurate reflection of authentic will and genuine need. We are experienced in conducting spot interviews which can be either structured or informal, depending on the type of input and interaction we are looking for at that design stage. We have a team of experienced researchers who can conduct street based surveys, or plan and design intervention days to catch people’s attention and consideration. We document and record these interviews carefully using a mixture of methods, sometimes also producing short films to summarise the key themes emerging and to give local people a face as well as a voice.

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ENGAGE

We design participatory processes. As a Community Interest Company, we have strong principles that underlie any project we approach; we believe in the importance of iterative processes as a way of engaging people, and the value of ongoing input from those we are designing for. We feel there is a need to bridge the gap between the people designing a place and the people using it, and we offer value by putting the end user at the heart of a design process.

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OUTCOMES OF PREP TALK SET AGENDA AND THEME FOR THE PEP TALK + KEY TOPICS TO DISCUSS

DISCUSSION + IDEAS FOR LOCAL ACTIONS DEVELOPED. NETWORKS + ON-GOING RELATIONSHIPS FOSTERED.

EVENT HOSTED AT A RELEVANT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLACE

ACTIONABLE IDEAS FROM PEP TALK DEVELOPED BY A MORE CONNECTED COMMUNITY

ON-GOING COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

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PEP TALK EVENT

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The first step. Talking to both the local residents and people that use a place, and the relevant local organisations or institutions. Stimulating excitement, ideas, and initial conversations that spread.

Literally a ‘PEP Talk’ - a community conversation about place that aims to inspire, bring people together, prompt discussion, and form on-going relationships that translate into stronger communities and positive activism. Film and photography outputs of each event captured to share with those who cannot attend.

The ground conditions have been set to enable COMMUNITY ACTIVISM. Now it is time to enable those conversations, engagement and activism to continue.

LISTEN. LEARN. ENGAGE. RESEARCH.

FEEDBACK. GATHER. IDEATE. DISCUSS.

LISTEN and LEARN. Empathise and invite discussion. ENGAGE and RESEARCH. Methods may include user interviews in the street or informal chats with stakeholders. SYNTHESISE feedback into a distilled THEME for discussion at PEP Talk and short film.

NEXT PEP TALK NEIGHBOURHOOD CHOSEN. CYCLE STARTS AGAIN

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SPEAKERS INSPIRE + PROMPT DISCUSSION ON CHOSEN TOPIC. MIX OF LOCAL PEOPLE + ‘EXPERTS’.

Each PEP Talk has a THEME. The theme is based on common trends in what people said during the initial PREP Talks. This makes every PEP Talk SELF-DIRECTED and relevant to the local context. The PEP Talk is hosted in a relevant local organisation’s building or nearby place to build on existing networks.

FEEDBACK: Summarised outcomes of the PREP Talks research are fed back to the community. Speakers relevant to the agenda deliver inspiring talks to prompt discussion and ideas.

DISCUSSION: The PEP Talk allows further development of ideas from the PREP Talk for positive local change. New ideas can be developed + discussed in a supportive environment led by local people. Focus on how to make these ideas happen - who needs to be involved, resources, ‘champions’ of each idea.

ON-GOING RELATIONSHIPS: Social capital and community connections fostered, new relationships are formed between a wide and inclusive range of people, including local residents, business-owners, decision-makers, and organisations.

PEOPLE-LED choice of which neighbourhood or place is next in need of a PEP Talk. This self-directed identifying of need ensures replication of this conversation toolkit where it is most needed and also builds on existing contacts and networks.

ON-GOING RELATIONSHIPS. CONNECTION.

Each round of PEP Talks takes place in a different neighbourhood to maximise impact and act as a catalyst for change. However, the PEP Talks platform is a shared digital resource and way of connecting all PEP Talks places to inspire and foster learning and communication between different communities. WEBSITE / SOCIAL MEDIA: An online platform to enable the continued connection, discussion and plans for action to develop. Resources, tools and useful links to enable self-organised on-going actions. Films and photos of this PEP Talk event and other PEP Talks in different neighbourhoods remind and inspire. Others can join the discussion via #PEPtalking hashtag. ON-GOING RELATIONSHIPS: Useful connections have been made between local people and stakeholders.Social capital has been built and can continue to build on itself in a sustainable way led by local people.


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A PEP Talk is a new approach to start more genuine and productive community conversations about place. The HERE+NOW team applied and piloted this new approach - called a PEP Talk - in Canonmills, Edinburgh in April 2015 thanks to kick-starter support from Architecture & Design Scotland. A PEP Talk is a catalyst for stimulating conversations about local people’s aspirations for their local neighbourhood and ways to transform these into action. Using a mixed method approach including semi-structured spot interviews with people passing in the street, more structured in-depth interviews with key local stakeholders, businesses and organisations, the HERE+NOW team were able to identify what is important to local people. These insights helped form a community brief that summarsied the design and place-making improvements the local community and users of public space felt presented the most pertinent opportunities. The PEP Talk which followed was all about getting those interested people in a room talking together about ways forward. The event was tailored to the topics the preliminary

PEP TALK CANONMILLS engagement had shown was important to the community through choice of inspiring relevant speakers, discussion workshops and getting people outside to the places they’d spoken about. A massive thank you to everyone who made the Canonmills PEP Talk such a success. SPEAKERS • Joyce of Joyce’s Cake Shop • Morvern Cunningham of Leith Late • Miesbeth Knottenbelt of Spokes • Matthew Davis of Sustrans • Johnathan Elders of Police Box Festival • Lynzi Leroy of A Space to Share

LOCAL PARTNERS • The Beerhive for refreshments • Joyce’s Cake Shop for sponsoring refreshments • VegWare eco-friendly packaging for donating compostable cups • Jewsons for supplying the plywood • The Yard for hosting the event as key local partner! Also thanks to Architecture & Design Scotland for their support and kick-starter funding.

MURAL ARTIST Chris Rutterford, an Edinburgh based mural artist, live-painted during the event. Chris created a 5m x 2.5m mural during the afternoon and evening of the PEP Talk demonstrating how quickly some of the ideas can be realised.

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This research and prototyping project was about developing a framework and supporting resource materials that extends the effective learning area of existing and proposed schools. In December 2014, the team at HERE + NOW met with the schools team from Architecture + Design Scotland as a group to discuss collaborations around the idea of ‘settings for learning’. The study is based on a foundation of review of current practice and literature, briefing and workshop meetings with stakeholders and interest groups, active participation by users, applied learning settings and site considerations, and is supported by innovative approaches to making these settings happen. The project’s outcomes include: • •

Identification of the settings and strategies needed for effective outdoor learning. Make connections between the participation and the design briefing stages.

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Identify and communicate a sequence of activities for engaging people in the design and enhancement of outdoor settings for learning. The development of a decision making framework.

In Scotland, the quality of learning experiences is understood against the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence; confident individuals, effective contributors, responsible citizens, and successful learners. Each of these can be positively addressed in different, innovative, meaningful ways by engaging with the outdoor resource. People behave differently outside; and the advantages of taking learning outside are extensive. It’s also a key philosophy of all our work at HERE + NOW. Outside, there is a different context within which to make and express; there is a different need for stewardship and care. Being outdoors has the potential to enhance a range of learning and personal development

experiences. Introducing these as positive attributes which can fundamentally be done differently in the outside setting, and using these four outcomes to categorise the pattern language. HERE + NOW developed a number of decision making tools which can be used by groups of any size at any stage in a project to use the outdoor setting as a place for learning. To test these tools and explore the potential of the resources to re-imagine existing outdoor spaces we ran a 2 day workshop with a group of 10 landscape architecture students at ESALA. Based on the Design Thinking model, we encouraged the students to empathise with the end user by adopting different personas, seeing the places from a new perspective. At the end students presented back findings to a panel including representatives from A+DS. It was great to hear the students’ feedback on the prototype material and their visualisations for the tools in action!

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Etymology of Dalry and Colonies

Historical facts

3D plant pots Viewing window. Dimensions: 1.2x2.2 m, at a height of between 0.5m to 1.7m

Illustrated Colonies and gardens

3D plant pots

Scenes of daily life

CGI of new development

3D Metal bike racks attached to the hoarding

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HERE+NOW were invited by O’Leary PR to support the Dalry Colonies Residents Association in Edinburgh to explore ideas for the development hoardings at tHe Haymarket. We planned a co-design workshop with residents to see what ideas and themes were important to them in their neighbourhood. The workshop aimed to bring together the existing community - HERE+NOW listened to the residents and facilitated the group to share opinions in order to draw out values, skills, ambitions for the local area, and find out about the people who live here. Using 3 starter themes of social history, living, and architecture+landscape, we live workshopped residents’ initial responses in the form of words, thoughts, values and insights. The key output was a document capturing what residents felt makes this place special and community map. A design report advocating three options for the site hoarding was produced building on this resident input, and an iterative design approach was used to develop this further.

DALRY COLONIES WORKSHOP + HOARDING The final design for the 40m length of prominent city centre design hoarding was installed mid Nov 2015. OUTSIDE People think and react differently outside; we invited people to go outside in their groups to observe and record what is important while also keeping an eye out for things that could be improved. They were encouraged to take on a ‘persona’, a particular role: photographer, reporter, creative thinker, storyteller to frame conversations and give each person a focus. DESIGN IDEAS FOR HOARDING One of the outcomes of the event is a design brief for the site hoardings, so the groups were asked to write a statement for each of the three themes. These statements aimed to reflect as many of the reocurring patterns of words in the thematic cluster mapping. Each group presented their three statements back to the wider group.

COMMUNITY MAPPING Part of what makes any place amazing is the people so we used the event to explore who makes up the Colonies community at present and what they do. Thinking about local skills and interests, people were invited to make suggestions for people’s input within each theme to build a sense of real involvement and ownership in the project. KEY FEATURES • Community mapping workshop • Translation of co-design briefing into landscape design and implementation • Illustrated report presenting design workshops, briefing process, findings, design options, and implementation information.

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DESIGN

We design places. We aim to change the way places are designed, by using engaging and iterative processes throughout projects which put people and landscape at the heart of how we design places. By doing this our community benefits from a more sensitive placemaking approach which creates meaningful, beautiful, valuable places. HERE+NOW delivers design solutions which create valuable and valued greenspaces and civic places; experience derived from years of combined experience in practice, enlivened by the fresh perspectives and dynamic insights gained from the design director’s teaching role on the ESALA landscape architecture degree programme.

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HERE + NOW were appointed by East Renfrewshire Council to prepare a detailed design greenspace network proposal for three connected sites, in support of the Barrhead South development masterplan. The outputs included a fully illustrated report documenting the principles and approach for the landscape-led project, and detailed design of three greenspaces as a series of connected projects. HERE + NOW produced concept diagrams, an illustrative masterplan, eyelevel montages, detailed sections, and coordinated costing advice and ecological input from others.

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An integrated part of this project was two linked participation workshops with the local secondary school. A group of 15 students shared their ideas and aspirations for the site, and in a second follow up workshop listened to a presentation of the emerging design proposals before providing feedback and adding further ideas to the landscape plans.

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This process was documented and fed forward, hopefully initiating further future input and engagement with the plans.

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Gate 55 and the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) appointed HERE+NOW to help plan a strategy and approach for the development of the outdoor space at Gate 55.

Reduce the visual impact of the fenceline while maintaining site security and safety

Visual buffer along the dual carriageway corridor

Presently this outdoor area isn’t well used, but the design proposal gives an indiction of the way the space could be used better in the future for a wide range of uses and users.

Physical and visual connection between the MUGA and the younger years’ play space

Enhance the greenspace value for biodiversity

The plan develops the garden space over a series of mini-projects, which will roll out over a series of months. The inspiration and aspiration for the 8 projects listed in HERE+NOW’s report comes from the engagement sessions run by ELGT which are reported in a Feasibility Study report on the consultation and questionnaire results May-June 2015.

Offer spaces for quiet reflection and for active play

Maximise play opportunities on the embankments

Enhance the streetscape adjacent to the site

The approach was to provide a diagrammatic layout of elements and features for an enhanced landscape and park design in order to establish the design principles:

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ENGAGE 20% DESIGN 70%

TIPTOES NURSERY

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HERE+NOW were asked to support Tiptoes Nursery in Larbert to maximise the potential for an outdoor nursery on this beautiful site. This was a full services commission which included both landscape architecture and design of the outdoors nursery space as well as graphic design and branding elements including website design, logo design, photography and style guide preparation. The language of the graphics and landscape materials and elements tie in seemlessly with the recommendations of the style guide. Consistent with Tiptoes’ key marketing messages, HERE+NOW were able to deliver physical elements which represent the essence of the marketing messages. We used co-design techniques and user-led workshops to create an organisational framework and general landscape structure, and a programme of phased, self-build projects supported by a core infrastructure contract will make this a unique and memorable nursery.

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GLENBOIG PARK

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HERE+NOW worked with B3 Architects for Bett Homes to prepare a concept plan for a parkland space associated with an area of new housing near Glenboig, North Lanarkshire. As part of the development masterplan, a greenspace is proposed for the sloping area to the north and east of the potential development site, which aims to reconcile the edges between the town and its countryside setting. The park would provide a place for people and nature in balance - the layout of the park is conceived to accommodate future changes, additions, interventions: the aim is to provide a beautiful and functional landscape framework which works for the existing residents, the new community, and for natural habitat and natural processes.

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Our curation work allows us to visually document our design and engagement processes through photographs, short films, writing and publications, and to share this with the people who have been involved - both community and client. We also curate place-based exhibitions and inclusive events that help build a community around a particular location or theme. From HOLD ME DEAR exhibitions inviting local people’s input of photographs and stories of the places important to them, to re-imaganing underutilised nooks of the city through our Hidden Features film-nights showcasing local creative talent, or community events to catalyse action around a certain place such as PEP Talks, we have been trialling a range of curated projects over the last year. We also use events, exhibitions, and publications to allow us to feed forward the lessons learnt from HERE+NOW’s co-design approach with a broader audience - allowing us to reflect on and constantly improve our own design process as well as help share its outcomes with others.

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ENGAGE 40% DESIGN 40% CURATE 20%

The HERE+NOW team have utilised their skills and training in Direct Observation techniques (see tools section) in order to provide a Public Life Street Assessment and analysis for 5 key town centre streets in Edinburgh - Leith, Bruntsfield/ Morningside, Portobello, Newington and Stockbridge - for client The City of Edinburgh Council. These Public Life Street Assessments present an exciting opportunity to supplement the Council’s existing knowledge about these key public spaces and how these town centres function at present, while offering local context for the upcoming Edinburgh street design guidance and further monitoring of the public life of Edinburgh’s streets. The assessments build on the relevant thinking and work to date, including the Local Development Plan, Town Centre First policy and Town Centre Toolkit to help realise these important public spaces as hubs for their neighbourhood, and which promote a pedestrian friendly environment conducive to social interaction, economic vitality and quality of life. They will provide valuable information, analysis and recommendations

STREET ASSESSMENT to help ensure the maximisation of public life in these Edinburgh town centres. The HERE+NOW team conducting these Public Life Street Assessments include five skilled experienced professionals in urban design, landscape architecture, place-making and urban research. Data collection is ongoing, but full analysis will result in a visual and written analysis detailing the street life of each town centre, and the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities identified. It will also include the relation of this data to adjacent land uses and mapping of frontages. This analysis will feed into creation of a design brief for each town centre. This contextualised design brief will be presented alongside a series of design recommendations for each locality, and will be illustrated using eye-level visual renders to communicate how these places might be re-imagined based on this first-hand user research and observation of existing usage patterns and public life. Design briefs will identify and communicate key opportunities for improvement at each location in the short and long term.

The HERE+NOW team have built upon contemporary best practice public life rresearch methodologies - including Jan Gehl’s advocated techniques and 12 Quality Criteria - as well as their own academic research to deliver a sound methodlogy for the assessments, from data collection to data analysis and design recommendations. This methodology includes utilisation of a unique follow-up step to the analysis stages advocated by other contemporary urban design thinkers, in the application of 12 Design Recommendations for high quality public space design to enhance health, well-being and public life as developed by one of the HERE+NOW Co-Directors during Post Graduate research. These 12 Design Recommendations came from synthesis and analysis of the range of academic papers and research to date linking key public space design qualities to improved public life, health and well-being of local residents. As such application of these recommendations when creating the Design Briefs will enable the most robust resilient design for each of the 5 town centres in Edinburgh.

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CITY LINK FESTIVAL

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HERE+NOW spent the summer of 2015 bringing together local organisations, businesses and residents to transform the former railway tunnel at Rodney St, Canonmills, into a community photography exhibition for one month. The project built on HERE+NOW’s place-related photography project - HOLD ME DEAR - as well as on-going engagement in the Canonmills area delivered by HERE+NOW. This included a ‘PEP Talk’ community place-making event in April 2015 which identified the tunnel as a location local people would like to see transformed into a more creative destination along this popular cycle and walking route. The month-long ‘Hold Me Dear: Four Cities, [Extra]Ordinary Places’ photography exhibition was openly accessible to the public 24hours a day in this unique outdoor location, and featured photographs from individuals in the four twinned City Link Festival cities - Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Istanbul and Hamburg - of the places in their city that they loved together with a short caption about why. This ran in parallel with an online Hold Me Dear website gallery to which there was an open invite for anyone from each of the four international cities to submit a photo a photo of a place

people treasured in their city and have it featured online as part of their city’s photo gallery. As part of this exhibition and project, the HERE+NOW team also engaged with local residents over a series of drop-in workshops and user interviews in the street to map the places in the local neighbourhood that they personally loved. By linking these favourite local spots and routes we developed a series of four ‘Locally Loved Routes’ that could be explored on foot or by bike of the locals’ Canonmills/Inverleith. We created one large Locally Loved Routes map viewable 24 hours a day at the exhibition as well as a series of take-away post-cards and temporary signage incorporating quotes from residents about the stories behind why they personally loved these spots, to allow exploratoin of the local area from the point of view of those who live or visit there. The public launch event drew a local and international audience as part of City Link Festival 2015. It included a series of talks, live music in the tunnel, free bike workshops, live artists painting murals relevant to the locality, cycle tours and walks around the ‘Locally Loved’ spots and nearby cultural venues as part of City Link Festival, a temporary lighting installation in the

tunnel and a series of community stalls and picnics. The exhibition was built by HERE+NOW together with local volunteers over a series of workshops and volunteer days in August and September. We’d like to thank all the volunteers involved in helping us co-create the exhibition, as well as those partners who enabled the exhibition to happen. Thanks to Main Sponsor - Sustrans, and Supporting Partners - City Link Festival, Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Friends of King George V Park. We’d also like to thank the following people for their involvement in helping make the launch event such a success: Jazz Denmark, Grease Monkey Cycles, MyAdventure, local artists Graeme MacKellaig, Fiorella Modolo, Federica Lucia Vinella and Yasmine Akamune-Miles, and guest speakers John Lauder, Innes Shirreff, Sara Melson, Gozde Sarlak, and Councillor Leslie Hinds. www.holdmedear.co.uk www.thehereandnow.org.uk/city-link-festival/

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ENGAGE 10% DESIGN 5% CURATE 85%

During April / May 2015, HERE + NOW hosted exhibition ‘A Feeling of Connection to Place’ at the Tent Gallery, The Biscuit Factory and Hidden Door Festival 2015. ‘A Feeling of Connection to Place’ was an exhibition about the social side of place-making and the differing ways we form a connection to place. This included open doors sessions with the HERE+NOW team to talk to about the themes, projects and artworks that comprised the exhibition, as well as a launch event on Thursday 30 April at Tent Gallery featuring a range of short films by HERE+NOW, partner organisation Hold Me Dear, and other artists. A special series of film screenings, exhibition and a participatory installation were curated at Hidden Door Festival on 29 May 2015. The ‘Connection to Place’ exhibition featured a mix of photography, film and visual art relating to the ways in which we connect with particular places. This included photographs from the HOLD ME DEAR project - where any individual

CONNECTION TO PLACE worldwide can submit a photo and 50 words about a place they treasure - as well as original photography artworks from Jenny Elliott as part of her residency with The Bothy Project, and collaborative film with researcher, artist and musician Ian Humberstone. The exhibition launch event also saw first public showing of the HOLD ME DEAR film - a collaborative film project comprising of contributions of video from individuals worldwide, each uniquely responding to an open call for 30 seconds of film about a place they treasure. The exhibition also included a number of short films from HERE+NOW’s recent projects, such as PEP Talks, where human-centred design techniques were used to engage and give a voice to local people about their local neighbourhood places, and Joyce - a film revealing the great local social and personal knowledge of a place that those who live there can have.

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Across all aspects of our practice, we have an interest in evolving the works of our various projects cumulatively in the interest of the community. We are strong advocates of an iterative and reflective design process, and we do the same with our own techniques, tools and approaches.

In retrospect of the last year, we are delighted by the genuine range of projects we have been engaged in. Our ambition going forward is that we can work with new communities and collaborate with different teams, to share and disseminate our approaches and tools on a wider range of project applications.

The strength and uniqueness of HERE+NOW lies in the knowledge, processes and outcomes gained from working through designing, engaging and curating as our three key intertwined methodologies.

We are always evolving, always iterating. We would love to hear from you about project ideas, collaborations, or selfinitiated actions which we can either support or facilitate. Just get in touch...

This overlap positions us in a positive feedback loop, where our approach to design, engagement methods and participatory processes is constantly informed by and informs our curated works to deliver better outcomes for both places and the community. Feedback >> Feedforward.

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COLLABORATORS HERE+NOW works with a network of collaborators who provide input on a project specific basis. We work with people from different backgrounds, with varied skills and expertise to complement our core. Our regular contributors are: GRAEME MACKELLAIG

ELLIE CLARKE CMLI

SELBY RICHARDSON

Graeme is an Interior Architect, Urban Designer and Illustrator. Graeme is interested in the relationship between urban design and culture. Graeme loves to get involved in practical on-theground research and to discover on a person-to-person level the opinions and experiences of those people using a place or experiencing a design.

Ellie has practiced as a Landscape Architect for over nine years for a range of companies, more recently as a Director at One A Studio. Ellie puts great emphasis on approaching each project with equal importance and attention whether it being a large-scale public realm masterplan or the design of a small garden. She takes pride in her ability to understand the needs of the end user and the evolution of a design over time.

Director at Urban Design Futures, Selby is an architect, planner and urban designer with considerable experience in urban design strategies, public realm design and environmental improvement. Selby has led a wide range of masterplanning and environmental improvement/ urban regeneration projects in Edinburgh, East Lothian and central Scotland for public and private sector clients throughout Scotland.

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HERE+NOW is a Community Interest Company registered in Scotland no. 493671 www.thehereandnow.org.uk hello@thehereandnow.org.uk @thehereandnowuk Third Floor, 86-92 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PY

Š copyright HERE+NOW CIC 2015 HERE+NOW is a 2015 Starter for 6 Main Programme Awardee The publication of this report was supported by funding from Starter for 6

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2015: A Year of HERE+NOW  

Every year the HERE+NOW team share their projects and learnings from the last 12 months. This includes any pilots testing our tools in engag...

2015: A Year of HERE+NOW  

Every year the HERE+NOW team share their projects and learnings from the last 12 months. This includes any pilots testing our tools in engag...

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