Posts tagged: Salford City Council

Talking the Walk: A Co-Creation Approach To Understanding Active Travel: Project News

Salford Meadows

This project involves piloting innovative methods to understanding active travel inequalities. In collaboration with Colleen Donovan-Togo from St Clement’s Community Centre, Ordsall, Nick Davies organised a workshop in April which involved input from community members and practitioners from numerous organisations involved in the low-carbon travel agenda in Greater Manchester, including TGFM, Sustrans, Living Streets and Salford City Council.   The workshop drew out community-specific issues for the Ordsall area which are now being taken forward in a series of focus groups, community engagement events and interviews.

The project will also result in a short film which will be used to highlight the issues, barriers and enablers for walking and cycling in the area. Discussing the progress of the project, Nick suggests that: ‘So far the research has highlighted the role infrastructure plays. Construction, development and the roads in the area can be seen as sometimes discouraging active travel to, from and within the Ordsall area.  This can be remedied by a more joined up approach to highlighting safe routes, connectivity and intermodality; and in particular more attention to ensuring low-carbon options are more accessible in the whole of the area’.  It is intended that this will lead onto a longer-term project and research council bid.

Dr Nick Davies, Research Fellow, UPRISE

UPRISE and Film Fringe presents…The Human Scale

Still from film, The Human Scale

By Sophie King, UPRISE Research Fellow

“I don’t believe by me drawing a line I can make things happen. I can’t force anybody to do anything or be anyone – but we can make invitations” David Sim, Gehl Architects

This is a quote from The Human Scale, Andreas M. Dalsgaard’s 2012 documentary about the work of architect Jan Gehl. This film exploring the relationship between city planning and public life – and particularly the possibility of making cities work for people instead of the other way around, was the perfect start to what we hope will be an annual series of film screenings and public debates convened by UPRISE and UPRISE PhD Student Laura Ager’s Film Fringe. During an evening that drew together an eclectic mix of architects, regeneration professionals, creative industry professionals, scholars, and activists from three continents, the film sparked debate about how to make regeneration more people-centred; the role of the creative industries, artists and activists in place-making; and the parallels between activism that works to make cities more people-centred across the global North and South. Following the screening Dr. Sarie Slee, Lecturer in Art and Design at the University of Salford and UPRISE’s own Professor Dan Dubowitz shared their reflections on how this beautifully shot documentary which looks at Gehl’s work across five cities in Copenhagen, New York, Beijing, Melbourne, Christchurch and Dhaka speaks to their own experiences and practice of place-making.