The mobile participation hub is Sheffield School of Architecture’s new mobile room, designed to move around the city and facilitate place-specific engagement of people and communities in conversation about architecture.
In June 2015, Sheffield School of Architecture students were given the opportunity to enter a design competition to create the School’s new ‘Participation Hub’. The winning entry, by MArch graduates Ross and Matthew, was then developed from concept through to reality with tuition and support from staff and distinguished SSoA alumnus, Lukas Barry (Carmody Groarke Architects), and ARUP Engineers. The project has been funded by the University’s Alumni Fund Departmental Grants scheme.
The hub was completed in January 2016, and will be used by the School over the coming years as a mobile classroom, facilitating place specific learning and civic engagement. The Hub will also have a life of its own through an associated blog, recording places, events and people that use it.
A video of Ross and Matt’s design proposal can be viewed below: