Community spaces brought to life at Leeds Met 9th March 2012
The Design and Community Exhibition will allow final yearundergraduate and postgraduate Landscape Architecture and Garden Artand Design students to present their design portfolios and discuss themwith their community clients and guests, including Roundhay Park andMartin House Children's Hospice.
Working with Leeds City Council play officers and landscapearchitects in the city, a group of students have engaged in publicconsultation with Roundhay Park users and local residents to canvasideas for a new skate park within Roundhay Park.
Debbie Samuel, Lecturer in Architecture, Landscape andDesign, commented: "The students have gained experience of sharing ideaswith landscape professionals and other professional groups, providingthem with exceptional opportunities to develop skills in the real worldof work, where client interests are balanced against the constraints ofbudgetary limitations."
Other projects have included working with local residents andpolice officers in Harehills to design and develop a sports field onwaste land behind Wokingham School and finding creative solutions for anew outdoor space at Martin House Children's Hospice.
Debbie continued: "Great understanding and resourcefulnesshave enabled students to develop creative solutions to their projects.They have impressed me with their maturity and sensitivity. All of ourclients have expressed enthusiasm about the partnership with theUniversity and are looking forward to receiving their design portfoliosat the exhibition. It is very satisfying to observe our studentsdeveloping their confidence and their projects really prepare them forthe professional work environment, adding community consultation to thepalette of skills used by landscape architects."
Additionally, part-time students have worked together on anurban project in Castleford, communicating with a range of differentcity dwellers and creating a plan for inclusive spaces around the newmillennium bridge.
The exhibition will be available for viewing on Wednesday 18and Thursday 19 January with students available over the lunch timeperiod to discuss their community partnership work.
The study and practice of Landscape Architecture within acommunity context has been part of the academic programme at LeedsMetropolitan since the 1970's totalling more than 100 Design andCommunity projects. These projects have ensured that students in theirfinal year experience the theory and practice of landscape design inlive contexts, taking their designs beyond the drawing board, whilstbenefiting the local community.