School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Socially Engaged Practice

Socially Engaged Practice

Architects Armelle Tardiveau and Daniel Mallo work with communities to transform places.  Their research falls into four main areas: Temporary Urbanism as a socially engaged practice; The Fabrications(s) of Temporary Urbanism; Design participation; Co-Production.

Fenham Pocket Park

Fenham Pocket Park

Project Name: Fenham Pocket Park
Projects Dates: Officially opened 21 May 2016
Funder: UK Government grant 
School Contact: Armelle TardiveauDaniel Mallo
Partner(s): Fenham Association of Residents (FAR); Newcastle City Council; Sustrans North East; Fenham Community Pool; Your Homes Newcastle; Fenham Library; Fenham Model Allotment
How APL got involved: Continued collaboration with local community

Building on the success of the DIY Streets project, Fenham Pocket Park was the result of Armelle Tardiveau and Daniel Mallo working with the community and Fenham Association of Residents to successfully bid for government funding.

The design is the result of a co-production process with the community and partners.  Situated between Fenham Library and Fenham Community Pool, the Pocket Park will provide a space for people to spend time in the outdoor area and connect with nature, in an otherwise harsh urban environment.

Comprising planters, a play space and seating and with trees providing homes for wildlife the project had a positive impact in engaging the local school, allotment holders and local residents in looking after the area.  Volunteers from the allotments and the local school will support the park to create wider educational activities.

Fenham Pocket Park was officially opened on 21 May 2016 by Sherrif and Deputy Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Hazel Stephenson at a public event.

Read Cllr Marion Talbot's blog about her experience of working with us on the project .

DIY Streets (Fenham)

Project Name:  DIY Streets (Fenham) Creating and Evaluating Inspirational Participation
Projects Dates: January – December 2015
Funder and amount: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) IAA Co-Production Fund £9,930
School Contact: Armelle Tardiveau, Daniel Mallo, Professor Geoff Vigar
Partner(s): Sustrans North East
How APL got involved: Networking event organised by the Faculty Impact Officer.

In this project Armelle Tardiveau and Daniel Mallo worked with Geoff Vigar, Professor of Urban Planning, PhD candidates Rorie Parsons (APL) and Clara Crivellaro (Open Lab), architecture student Bryony Simcox and Sustrans on a DIY Streets project in Fenham, an area in the west end of Newcastle. Their work sought to deepen the engagement with the community in a specific part of the DIY Streets study area and will later broaden the evaluation of the project to assess whether interventions of the type used by the team can contribute to the development of social and community capital.

DIY Streets is a well-established programme that seeks to work closely with local communities to help them re-design their neighbourhoods affordably, making them safer, more attractive, and more conducive to active, healthy travel such as walking and cycling. The project focused on a specific street and used ‘inspirational’ participation practices that can harness the capital that exists within a community, enabling them to reach their own decisions. 

A conversation has been facilitated between residents and representatives of the community such as Councillors and managers of local facilities such as the allotments and the library.