Making Cities, Sheffield School of Architecture Summer School\

A five day programme exploring the culture, creation and cultivation of cities.

For a second year running Hawkins\Brown where invited by Sheffield University to participate in their Summer School programme. Students varied in age and in their cultural and career backgrounds, this resulted in some very insightful and varied project proposals.

We were designated a small group of students, focusing on the topic, 'Living in the City Centre'. Other participating practices included; Bauman Lyons and Norton Mayfield.

The week started off with showing the students around Park Hill, as we felt this linked well to the Summer School topic.

A week goes very quickly, so the students were encouraged to think big and get making quick. Using a 1:500 model of Sheffield (pre-made) the students looked at the St Vincent Quarter and the concept of a mixed-use village that had the focus of bringing family housing into the city. The students took precedent from the idea of ground scrapers for developing their scheme.

A big thanks to Simon Chadwick at Sheffield University.

“Being part of this event is not only good for the students involved, but also us as architects, helping us to think outside the box, have some fun and also improve upon our mentoring and communication skills.”

Rebecca Hinkley

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