iDiscover - South Norwood Town Planning
Students became town planners for a day deciding on the future of South Norwood in a session led by the Royal Institute of British Architects on an i-discover experience. Participants were asked to identify what would likely stay the same in their area and what they would hope to see happen in the next ten years. Was there an aspiration for a tree planting or a youth club to be built? Was there a concern of locals moving away from the area or the environment changing? Using the Building Futures card game that has been used by real life town planners, architects and local councils, students whittled down their choices and masterminded their area by plotting sites for their buildings onto maps. Students were asked to consider the implications of their choices- how they would be affected, their families, their neighbours and people in the community that they hadn’t met. Ideas included funky colored recycling bins, a double decker youth bus which stops around town, healthy takeaways and an open air gym for the park.