…launched in 2010, facilitated by architecture staff in the School of the Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast, Street Society enables students, community representatives and development organisations to work together to generate a new vision for local neighbourhoods.
Street Society has developed extensively over this period. It began life as a 1 week event – where we did a call-out to local organisations and communities to propose projects for students to think, research, design through. In 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 Street Society was funded by the Dept of Communities to support the Urban Villages Initiative by being part of their engagement and participation strategy. This is work that contributes to the NI Executive Office’s ‘Together Building Unified Communities’ Policy.
“The Street Society students brought energy and skills that cannot be underestimated in their ability to impact the community clients. We were very impressed with the original solutions that the students produced in just one week”. LINSEY FARRELL, Programme Director, Urban Villages Initiative
In 2017/2018 Street Studio – a semester long design studio at Masters level- developed to look in more detail at one of the projects that had emerged from Street Studio and which had moved into the Capital Pipeline of the Urban Villages Initiative. Since summer 2018 we have started working on Street Studio+ – a studio that collaborates and /or advises external projects and organisations.