City Action Summer School

Architecture Summer School

City Action - Participatory Planning and Design

The Sheffield School of Architecture Summer School is an exciting and challenging programme which will explore participatory practice. The aim is to engage people with their urban environment to design distinct, vibrant and active places.

The 5-day programme offers design studio experience, lectures and skills training through active participation in the city of Sheffield. The studio groups, or 'urban laboratories', are encouraged to test participatory action by working with local people to create design proposals of community relevance. The urban laboratories are run by leading tutors and researchers in this field. Each group will develop a response to participatory practice and a programme of activity over three days of action in the city. The groups will come back together to share experiences and collectively review the outcomes of their activities.

The Summer School will give you an opportunity to experience studying at the Sheffield School of Architecture, which focusses on the social benefits of architecture and the built environment. The programme is ideal preparation for undergraduate and masters level study and for those interested in participatory action and socially conscious design. It is structured to allow students from different backgrounds and ages to attend.

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Structure and brief

A series of lectures will explore different aspects and levels of participation, engagement and place-making to deliver spaces of relevance and distinction. Studio groups will develop their own strategies for participatory action, testing design ideas in the city. The studios will be located in the Architecture School's studio space in the Arts Tower and will have access to resources including the workshop.

Each group will identify an urban space, a building or a piece of land in Sheffield and speculate on a design proposition for community benefit. The studios will have a dedicated budget for the production of engagement tools and dissemination materials. A concluding event will share outputs with a professional reflection.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn participatory practice methods, strategies for intervention-in-place and engagement tactics to determine design propositions. Analysis and dissemination skills will be explored to communicate impact and relevance.


Accommodation should be arranged separately.

* Participants must be 18 or over

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Arts Tower

Students working on group project in Arts Tower studio