MAUD Exhibition: Studio Live/Work

MA Urban Design students at the University of Sheffield recently held an exhibition of their projects exploring community-led regeneration in Sheffield city centre. Convened by Sheffield CLT members Jon Orlek and Alex Maxwell, the studio looked at CLTs, self-build, co-housing and artist-led development as alternative strategies to the developer-driven, retail-focused ‘Heart of the City’ masterplan currently being implemented in Sheffield. The project culminated in a public exhibition at DINA where academics, professionals and members of the public were invited to comment on the proposals, a few of which can be seen below.


Work in Progress: a community-led (re)inhabitation of Leah’s Yard



Growing up in the cities: exploring family and child-friendly development in the city centre



Balancing ‘We’ & ‘Me’: privacy and community in a co-housing and co-working development


Exhibition: “A Walk into the Future. Exploring community-­led development in Sheffield City Centre” at Sheffield Railway Station until June 13

If you did not have the chance to see the installations of MA Urban Design Students around Sheffield on Tuesday 17 of May, you have the possibility to see some highlights displayed at the Sheffield Railway station (in front of Mark & Spenser) until June 13.

The exhibition will walk you through the different visions the students produced for five different areas of Sheffield city centre. The aim is to challenge the idea we have of our city and finding creative and affordable ways of taking ownership of abandoned or neglected city spaces, through community-led projects.

Do not miss this opportunity to see Sheffield from another perspective and do get in touch if you have any comments and if you would like to get involved!

Visit to the MA Urban Design Students’ installation


On Tuesday 17 of May the installation of the MA Urban Design Students: “A Walk into the Future. Exploring community-­led development in Sheffield City Centre” took place in various locations across Sheffield city centre. Each group was assigned a specific area of the city and on Tuesday they displayed their plans for the local regeneration; open to explain their visions, answer questions and receive suggestions by local people passing by. It was a great opportunity to exchange ideas and to spread the aims and ideas behind Community Land Trusts.

We visited the five sites of the students’ installation and we asked them about their projects: it was a unique chance to re-think the city and experience it from a different perspective. A lot of exciting ideas for our Sheffield CLT!

Full report about each group will follow!


Five design projects for Sheffield City Centre: a community-led approach

The exhibition: “A Walk into the Future. Exploring community-­led development in Sheffield City Centre” on Tuesday the 17th of May 2016 will display the proposals of MA Urban Design Students within the Sheffield CLT, Studio Polpo ans SSoA collaborative project titled:“Re-appropriating the post-industrial landscape through community-led development”.

Group #1 – More diversity, less isolation

In the Devonshire Quarter we are have explored how a diverse range of people and groups can come together to form a community. This community-­led approach will consist of Sheffield CLT, Studio Polpo and local residents with a focus on mixed­-income housing and historic heritage regeneration in the short term, and achieving diversity of functions, stakeholders, and activities in the long term.

17 May 2016, 12:00­-14:00, S3 7UQ (near the Stoked tiles)


Group #2 – Wellington Street: Dynamic, Energetic, Collective

This interactive and informative event will showcase our proposal for community led development in the heart of the city, and we’d love to hear, see and discuss your ideas. The project is exploring the ways a Community Land Trust could enable Wellington Street to fulfill its potential as a vibrant street with its own unique identity, within a city centre Sheffield is proud of.

17 May 2016, 14.00-­17:00, Devonshire Green (near the skate park)

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Group #3 – “Live & work” in the heart of city

This project focuses on a considerable number of vacant spaces on upper floor of Fargate, which is the heart of Sheffield. Based on a series of Community-­Led strategies, we propose a ‘Live & Work’ pattern to re-­appropriate the vacant spaces in Fargate Court. The proposals aim to provide flexible spaces for graduates to live and work in Sheffield City Centre.

17 May 2016, 11:00-­17:00, In the vicinity of intersection of Fargate and High street


Group #4 – Community led Housing in Wicker

The Wicker area has been missing good affordable housing for decades. We are proposing a ten-­year community led housing strategy in the Wicker Riverside area. Let us know your opinion in an event this Tuesday morning at the Riverside Park.

17 May 2016, from 10:00 to 13:00: River Don Footbridge, Wicker, Nursery St, Sheffield S3; from 14:00 to 17:00: Corner of Wicker and Willey Street, 50 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JB


Group #5 – 5 steps towards women-­led urban development

This project proposes strategies to establish a community land trust, which builds houses and public spaces in the borders of Burngreave, Wicker and Darnall, on both sides of the railway. It considers the community’s women as the starting point of the organisation, reinterpreting their roles in the public spaces.

17 May 2016, a tour will take place from 11:30 to 12:00 (tbc) to explain the project, with billboards around the Wicker Arches. From 15:00 to 17:00, all parts will be exhibited together in the Tesco (near Spital Hill)

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Collaboration with the School of Architecture of Sheffield University

Sheffield CLT and Studio Polpo  are collaborating with the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, on a six week design based project to explore sites and models for community led development in Sheffield City Centre. The project, run by Dr Cristina Cerulli and Dr Beatrice De Carli, is titled “Re-appropriating the post-industrial landscape through community-led development” and it is part of the MA in Urban Design. The site chosen for the project is a strip across Sheffield City Centre,  containing a wealth of vacant areas and underused buildings. The 28 students participating to this project have been divided into five groups, with each group focusing on one portion of the strip.

On 17th May 2016 students will create an installation, with the aim of illustrating and displaying their suggestions regarding their selected site. Their works, in the form of a billboard and a pamphlet, will be set up in different parts of the city and an extract of the two will be exhibited around the city.