Dr Mirian Calvo

This research project on placemaking aimed to establish collaborative ecosystems among design-researchers, young adults, and policymakers in order to explore innovative methods for sustainable planning policies in the Lancaster District. The project team conducted placemaking workshops involving 22 young adults and 20 policymakers, held 12 interviews with participants and experts, and facilitated over 80 participant interactions to gather insights and aspirations for sustainable development and Local Plans. The analysis of the gathered data revealed several key themes pertaining to design and appearance, places and spaces, movement and travel, and social communities. Notably, the analysis highlighted the significance of creating welcoming spaces, implementing well-developed active travel infrastructure, incorporating essential housing qualities, promoting food growing initiatives, offering diverse travel options, utilising renewable energies, and establishing a strong sense of place identity. The young adults who took part in the workshops envisioned a sustainable and inclusive community that prioritises affordability, active travel, renewable energy, and social cohesion. These principles represent the fundamental values and aspirations they desire to be integrated into the design and future development planning of Lancaster District. They aim to serve as a model for other communities to follow, contributing to a sustainable future. The findings of this research project offer valuable insights for policymakers and researchers seeking to cultivate a sustainable and inclusive community in the South Lancaster area.

Funder: The British Academy