LIVERPOOL-BASED social enterprise PLACED has launched a new digital platform where people can share ideas about places and spaces in the city.
PLACED launched the platform with a project called Liverpool High Streets, engaging the people of Liverpool in a conversation to discover opinions and thoughts on how high streets should feel and function, the types of activities, services and spaces on offer and how they should adapt in 2020 and beyond.
Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, PLACED could often be found on high streets across Liverpool and further afield with their mobile workspace, a campervan called Ed, delivering events and pop-up shops, engaging communities to shape their towns and cities.
The new interactive platform enables them to involve communities in discussion about their built environment, in lockdown. It is intended to be a live platform that grows with feedback, questions and ideas. Visitors can share their thoughts on the ‘Ideas Wall’ and ‘Interactive Map’ – and as the conversation evolves, be a part of Zoom workshops and events.
PLACED Director Jo Harrop said “We are really excited about the launch of this platform and the Liverpool High Streets project. We are passionate about broadening who can be involved in their built environment and ensuring people’s voices are heard. We have no funding for this project, no-one has commissioned the work and we have no political agenda.
“We hope this helps to develop a positive, open discussion which can help to influence the future of our high streets. We look forward to the conversation”
The Liverpool High Streets project centres around five themes; environment and public space, economy and skills, resilient community, housing and transport and connectivity. These themes allow PLACED to form a focus for the conversation, but ideas and opinions outside of these categories are encouraged. Initially the project is focused on Liverpool high streets only but invites those from outside of the city to get involved and share their thoughts on their own high street.
To find and more and get involved visit: placed-engagement.org.uk