Method: 1:1 Transformation
Description of Method:
Spatial changes at 1:1 scale including remodelling of existing spaces and the transformation of public space through the construction of installations, props, sets and apparatus.
Purpose of Method:
The Urban Room offers a useful space to prototype design ideas for the future of the local area - whether in the Urban Room itself or in other public spaces and buildings in the local area. The process of designing and constructing the 1:1 transformation can be a useful way to reveal skills, form connections and share ideas between the people involved. Once in-situ the 1:1 transformation acts as a pilot project to map out and test potential scenarios or designs in real time and in the locations that are under consideration. The choice and use of materials can help to raise issues around design, heritage and sustainability. The 1:1 transformation can form the catalyst or centrepiece of an event or performance that draws in wider public engagement.
Many people of all ages will find 1:1 transformations very engaging to contribute to and interact with. Since some people will lack confidence in their design and construction skills you will need to mentor and support them carefully if you wish them to participate. Consider partnering with a local design school or vocational college who can offer these skills. When carrying out any form of construction health and safety must be a priority and all risks to people’s well being mitigated against as much as possible through careful assessment and following safe practices on site.
Blackburn Open Walls
Over 3 years, in association with UR Blackburn, artist Hayley Welsh initiated and delivered a large-scale street art exhibition, Blackburn Open Walls, featuring work from local and international artists.