Designed to encourage young people to think about the city around them, Shape my City is the The Architecture Centre’s year-round programme engaging 15-19 year olds in design and place-making.
Challenging young people to consider who different places are designed for, why the city is how it is, and who contributed to making it that way, Shape my City is a brilliant opportunity for young people to get involved with industry professionals and to gain new knowledge, skills and confidence. Shape My City is targeted at girls and young people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, but is open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about design and place-making.
Participation in the project gives young people an opportunity to:
- work with and learn from built environment/design professionals and university students
- achieve Arts Award accreditation
- gain valuable experience to enhance college/university applications
- connect with other young people across the city
- co-produce a creative public event
The project aims to:
- develop knowledge and skills about design, public art, landscaping, sustainability, planning, heritage and citizenship in young people
- develop understanding and appreciation of the art form of architecture and the impact it has on people’s lives
‘The Architecture Centre has a record of supporting diversity and equality in placemaking, through programmes such as Shape My City, which delivers on the City’s ‘Bristol Works’ initiative, to provide good quality work related experience for all young people across the city, a key priority of mine’. Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor
Learn more about the specific project work that has already taken place by watching this video Or, download Hani’s Story to find out how being part of Shape My City can have a meaningful impact on young people’s futures. Shape my City’s project blog is also a great way of finding out more about the meaningful impact the programme has.