We are really excited to be part of this years Live Project cohort which will see Yorkshire Artspace work closely with our partners SOAR and a team of 10 4th and 5th year architecture students from University of Sheffield.
Live Projects are a pioneering educational initiative at the University of Sheﬃeld School of Architecture, bringing masters students with organisations in real time, with real budgets for a six week period every autumn, this year running from 24th Sept to 2nd Nov.
Our Live Project will begin in earnest following our first meeting as 'clients' with the student team on Wednesday 26th september. Yorkshire Artspace and SOAR want the students to focus on the 2 buildings that SOAR manage in Parson Cross; SOAR Works where we have our Knutton Road artists studios and the Library Learning Zone, which houses the local library and other community facilities. Through a process of looking back at the original vision for the building within the regeneration of SOAR and exploring through interviews, design ideas and post-occupancy evaluation how the building can be used more creatively and effectively.
We expect the students will want to talk to tenants from the budilidings including artists, both those with studios at SOAR Works and those who've been involved in our residency programme helping to develop local engagement and involvement with our work and the new buildings.
We are full of anticipation about the possibilities that will surely come through this intensive Live Project. We will keep you posted via this blog.