THE BRADFORD WAY
Client: Bradford City Council & EU Interreg
The brief: Create a service proposition that can leverage the potential that the Bradford Shipley blue-green corridor can have for mental health. Through the provision of new forms of citizen engagement, partnerships, relationships and collaborative business models help communities organise and take ownership of the development and maintenance of the public space.
The Bradford Way is a re-imagined community centre that re-purposes a disused building along the proposed site.
Inspired by the asset-based community development ethos of starting with "what's strong?" not "what's wrong?", we built on the history of Bradford's manufacturing industry by designing a makerspace for teenagers. Providing local businesses with an alternative to scrapyards by providing excess materials as an efficient way to offload old tools.
MY MAIN CONTRIBUTIONS:
Council workshop lead, asset-based community development research, guerilla interviews and ethnographic research
Asset-based community development,
Not based in Bradford ourselves we undertook initial desk research to understand, the history of the city, current news and hot topics and how the city and its residents considered mental health.
Our definition of mental health: