Joinedupdesign for myplace
Joinedupdesign for myplace actively involves young people in the design of their youth centres.
In a process developed from the joinedupdesignforschools model, young people, aged 9 to 23, are given the role of clients, and some of the UK’s top architects, designers and creative advisers are appointed to work for them. Client teams identify what they want for their new youth centres over a series of workshops, inspirational visits and meetings with their professional creative teams.
The process shows common aspirations among young people nationwide, from distinctive youth centre architecture that they can feel proud of and inspired by, to the importance of communicating a positive image to their local community. The creative teams generate concepts in response to their clients’ design briefs, before the young clients present the final concept to bid teams and stakeholders.
This process creates a new model for youth engagement, ensuring that each new centre fulfils the needs of the local community, whilst giving young people insights into the working world and the opportunity to develop important life skills, such as communication and negotiation.
“If you’re developing a youth centre, I can’t conceive of a situation where it’s just going to be designed by adults. The people who are going to drive this machine are going to be young people”.
“The trust they put in us made us feel responsible and like we’d done something good. I’m very proud of what we’ve come up with. Very proud”.
“This kind of engagement benefits the young people enormously. It expands their agenda, raises their expectations, exposes them to new aspects of life, and having their views taken seriously is hugely beneficial”.
“The centre is for the community, not just for us. We made a decision to open it up to the community ourselves”.
Client teams gain a sense of ownership in their centres and pride in their towns. Team members continue to play an integral role, becoming ambassadors for their completed youth centres, and providing a natural link between the projects and the wider community.
The model has delivered world-class youth facilities around the UK, in partnership with the young people who will use them. Joinedupdesign for myplace was developed in response to the Aiming High for Young People strategy from the Department of Children, Schools and Families (now the Department for Education).