Design Charrette for Portsmouth College

Project Details


This one day design charrette focused on finding creative design solutions to revitalize the existing Portsmouth College complex. The event aimed to combine the skills of both post-graduate students of Portsmouth School of Architecture and the expertise of Portsmouth College A-level Graphics and Art students.

The college complex has been developed over time and lacks a coherent strategy which displays and celebrates the excellent facilities the college has to offer. The lack of cohesive design challenges the colleges’ identity on the Eastern Road site and internally through navigating the college layout.

Following a tour of the campus a series of short design activities were under-taken to engage the college students with the design process. The students then worked in mixed teams each considering a key aspect of the college; external appearance, internal cohesion and landscaping. The combination of college and university staff, post-graduate and A-level students made for a fast moving, lively and intensely creative day which concluded with a professional presentation to college staff and governors. Some additional ideas were presented by the students:
• Providing a clear identity to departments in the college using ‘learning’ pods
• Using colour to identify departments and aid with navigating the college
• Re-connecting the college with the water of Langstone Harbour
• Using landscaping and design as a vehicle for bringing the student body together

The event was highly valuable as an academic widening participation event, enabling A-level students to gain a unique insight into a university course and how designing at this level works.

Layperson's description

Design Workshop
Effective start/end date27/06/1127/06/11


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