St Raphael's Estate Resident Workshop

Granville New Homes study tour
Granville New Homes study tour
Understanding architectural drawings
Understanding architectural drawings
Group design modelling exercises
Group design modelling exercises
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  • Consultation
  • Training
Greater London
The Glasshouse
Associated team members
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In September 2019, URBED once again teamed up with The Glass-House Community Led Design, to deliver a weekend of collaborative workshops for the residents of St Raphael's Estate in Brent, N. London.

Architects Karakusevic Carson have been commissioned by Brent Council to develop options for the future regeneration of St Raphael’s Estate. A significant aspect of the brief was that the design process was to engage and be informed by local residents and stakeholders. 

Early within the process, The Glass-House and URBED co-delivered an urban design and 'Homes and Neighbourhood' training course to a mixed group of local residents ('neighbourhood heroes'), alongside Brent Council officers and a representative from the resident board’s independent advisor, PPCR. 

The course was designed to equip residents with useful urban design skills and knowledge. The training introduced street design principles, opportunities for sustainable design, and tools for reading architectural drawings. Mapping exercises explored the physical, social and environmental qualities of the estate, in relation to basic urban design methods. Participants also undertook an observational tour of Granville New Homes, critiquing successful and unsuccessful qualities of the place, and noting which elements might be appropriate within the context of their own neighbourhood. 

The final session saw groups apply their learning, and work together to test and model different regeneration scenarios for St Raphael’s, based on URBED's hands-on 'Design For Change' methodology and associated paticipatory toolkit.



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