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Queen’s Architecture Students Bring Animation and Innovation to Urban Village Areas

Architecture students from Queen’s animated the streets of local communities throughout the five Urban Village areas for Street Society 2017.

The annual design and research ‘live’ project saw 91 undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s work on briefs set by local community groups to develop new approaches to the built environment, and to imagine novel ways to support community aspirations to shape the place where they live and work.

Initiated in 2010 by Professor Ruth Morrow, it runs in March each year bringing the skills and energies of architecture students to community-based clients seeking to tackle social and economic challenges. Since 2015 it has focused its efforts on the Urban Village areas and for the past two years on all five areas across Derry~Londonderry and Belfast.

Professor Morrow, said: "Street Society is fundamentally a social way of learning for our students, where they are put into a situation which reflects real life practice and real life challenges which they have to overcome. Not only does the project bring the students together, it also brings the local community together, helping to build a better future for people to live, work and socialise."

Street Society is a Queen’s University Belfast ‘live’ Project supported by the Department for Communities with funding under the Northern Ireland Executive's Urban Villages Initiative.