THINKING ROOM

PYT in parternship with THINK + DO + TANK

Two very different communities face one another across Cowpasture Road in Liverpool. A new development at Elizabeth Hills (Mirvac) and the communities of Green Valley.

Jane Stratton and the Think+DO Tank will lead a three-phase project to engage incoming residents at the new Elizabeth Hills development, and residents in two suburbs of Green Valley – Miller and Hinchinbrook – about how they understand, negotiate and envision the public spaces in their communities.

Thinking Room will make space for collaborative thinking about how we live together and build community capacity to shape their own communities. The project will not only make room for participants to think about shared community spaces through collaborative mapping of personal geographies, but it will move from the conceptual to the physical by inviting participants to contribute to the design of a mobile space, The Thinking Room, that reflects their conceptions of an ideal public space, and that enables better ways of living together.

We imagine The Thinking Room as a community animator. It creates public space wherever it goes. It might generate conversation and civic interaction. It might contain mechanisms to record and share those deliberations. It could be deployed to understand and broker community tensions; as an education and outreach vehicle; as a place of pleasure, for instance, for bored young people to host regular get-togethers in their neighbourhood; as a place to discuss community challenges, and a site at which local people can be supported to have productive deliberation; as a site for community events and creative self-expression.

ARTISTS : DIRECTOR JANE STRATTON, CURIOUS WORKS and KAREN THERESE a and PYT.