To create and communicate the project brief.
It was in the first week of the project that artist, Jeanne Van Heeswijk, project director, Franny George and architect Marriane Heaslip (for profiles of artist and architect scroll down) set about discussing with the young people of St Francis of Asissi, North Liverpool Academy, BNENC and ABCC what 2up2down was.
Firstly it was essential to communicate the project’s brief and potential outcome. Secondly we wanted the young poeple to realise the extent of how they would be involved and what they could gain from being a participant in a project such as 2up2down.
Our next task was to invite the young poeple to think about what makes a home…
We encouraged a discussion about what makes a sustainable, healthy , happy home.
We then showed them photographs of architecture that was inventive, unusual, playful, made from recycled and sustainable materials to open the discussion further of how the houses could be made.
ROLE: Give the group feedback about what you would like in your new home. Consider all aspects, what interests you, would you have a room dedicated to your hobbies etc.
ROLE: Working alongside the artist, architect and the young people involved, explore what you would require to make your home a place were you are happy, comfortable and safe.
NAME: BNENC, North Liverpool Academy, St Francis of Assisi, ABCC
ROLE: Initially to explore the meaning of a home, on a personal and universal level, explore ideas of what makes a happy, healthy home. With an architect enquire into what ways a house can be made, consider the material, environmental aspects, sustainability and the requirements of what the clients would like to make it their own happy and healthy home.
NAME: Jeanne Van Heeswijk
Jeanne van Heeswijk works with public spaces on socially committed art projects, where she sees herself as mediator, communicator, in-between. She creates ‘interspaces’ - always different connections, relations, contexts between people, institutions, concepts. She uses ‘urban curating’ for these interventions.
NAME: Marieanne Heaslip
Marianne is an architect with interests in urban design, sustainable architecture, and participative design. She lives in Liverpool, and works for URBED (Urbanism Environment Design)Ltd, a Manchester based design practice and cooperative. She has extensive experience of community involvement in design processes through both ‘Design for Change’ and as a facilitator and professional advisor to The Glass-House, a charity supporting community led design. She is currently studying for an MSc in ‘Architecture: Advanced Environment and Energy Studies’ at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, where she is examining the everyday experience of sustainable technologies from the point of view of building users