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Her Barking – Urban Design Workshop
July 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This urban design workshop is led by Young Urbanist Phillippa Banister, 2018 Small Grant Scheme recipient.
Share your knowledge and best practise and take part in Her Barking – a collaborative design project working with women who live in and move through Barking town centre, to map spaces where people don’t feel safe and co-design low cost temporary solutions to trial and, hopefully, affect perceptions of safety.
This project is taking place in Barking but we are keen to recognise and tap into the ideas and energy of the Young Urbanist network by running a preparation session for the collaborative design session to brainstorm and share knowledge, best practise and ideas on this fascinating topic.
Join us to study a number of key locations in Barking Town Centre identified by community engagement as potential places for interventions, understand the current perceptions and context, share your ideas, research and case studies for possible ways forward.
About the project:
‘Her Barking’ will gather key insights on what the issues are and observe how women
navigate and inhabit spaces and routes through Barking Town Centre, collaboratively design a range of small changes to the built environment and test them to see if they can have any impact on perceptions of safety and increase community cohesion.
Barking Town Centre is undergoing huge transformation as new homes are being built and people moving in to the area. In the last two decades Barking and Dagenham has seen unprecedented growth and change in demographics with the percentage of White British residents living in the borough reducing from 85% in 2001 to 37% in 2017 (Greater London Authority). The pace of this change has had multiple and complex effects and despite Barking Town Centre feeling like a vibrant place of huge opportunity, qualitative and quantitative data gathered by the local authority has identified Barking Town Centre as a place where women, from a variety of backgrounds don’t feel safe.
Currently 51% of residents do not feel safe after dark (compared to a National Survey of 21%). The majority of these residents are women. ‘Her Barking’ is an open source project that will engage women from a variety of backgrounds (those who have experienced hate speech and those who have not) in Barking Town Centre and invite them to collaboratively explore, design and test ideas in which small changes to the built environment could have an impact on the number of women who feel safe in the Town Centre.