Liveable Cities facilitates important Birmingham workshops

Birmingham City Council creating 'bottom-up' natural captial plan using design methods

The Lancaster team went to Birmingham on 2 November to facilitate two workshops on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The Council is beginning the long process of developing a 25-year natural capital plan for the city, and wanted to involve local residents, specific local authority departments and relevant third/voluntary sector organisations at the start.

The first workshop happened in the morning and brought together 25 residents with an interest in parks and green spaces in the city. Liveable Cities PhD student, Serena Pollastri, expertly led the residents through four design-based activities - facilitated at tables by the other Liveable Cities team - that ended with the residents putting together a vision for what they wanted from Birmingham's green (e.g., parks), blue (e.g., lakes) and grey (e.g., squares) spaces.

The second workshop occurred in the afternoon and included 30 people from the local authority and other organisations. Here, Serena guided participants in unpicking the residents' vision and gave them opportunities, again using design-based activities, to consider ways of realising parts of the visions through different means, like new finance or management models.

All in all, it was a challenging, but rewarding, day that gave Birmingham City Council the start they needed in developing their plan.

Mapping favourite and least favourite places in Birmingham
Mapping favourite and least favourite places in Birmingham
Writing worst case scenarios for Birmingham in 25 years
Writing worst case scenarios for Birmingham in 25 years
Creating, amplifying and destroying in Birmingham to generate ideas for a resident-led vision for Birmingham
Creating, amplifying and destroying in Birmingham to generate ideas for a resident-led vision for Birmingham
Developing a resident-led vision for Birmingham
Developing a resident-led vision for Birmingham
Creating a resident-led vision for Birmingham
Creating a resident-led vision for Birmingham
Working out the critical pathways to enable the vision by Birmingham City Council and related organisations
Working out the critical pathways to enable the vision by Birmingham City Council and related organisations
Working out the critical pathways to enable the vision by Birmingham City Council and related organisations
Working out the critical pathways to enable the vision by Birmingham City Council and related organisations