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Instagram live: Will Sandy on engaging public space from Venezuela to the UK

Wed 19 Aug 2020, 5.30pm

Join us on Instagram live to hear designer Will Sandy talk about how accessible and engaging public space is critical to the success of our urban environments – from Caracas in Venezuela to London in the wake of coronavirus.

Will Sandy will take us around the Reframing Spaces exhibition to introduce the Catalyst Cube – winner of a British Council open call to reinvigorate urban areas within the city of Caracas, Venezuela. The cube was built in collaboration with local Venezuelan students, designers and fabricators to be a reconfigurable social, cultural and educational space that acts as a focal point where different communities meet.

The application of the Catalyst Cube is not constrained by geographical location. In London, there have been discussions about the Cube’s use as a tool for public engagement and consultation. With equitable access to public space during and after lockdown fervently discussed, it is the time to establish active, social community spaces for all. Spaces where people are welcomed to have their say and collaborate with the direction of their urban environment - people too often feel planning is something done to them, not with, or for, them.

Vanessa Norwood will interview Will to discuss what tools are needed to define and reconfigure public spaces to meet residents needs in real-time.

Follow us on Instagram to join the livestream and ask your questions to Will in the live chat. 



Reframing Spaces is an exhibition curated by the Building Centre exhibitions team and Will Sandy | Design Studio. Supported by the British Council and the Built Environment Trust.

Exhibition design and build by Install Archive.

Special thanks to the Venezuelan Project Team. In particular: Auramarina Lazarde, Stefan Gyzl, Maria Isabel Peña and LuisRa Bergolla.


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