#IHeartPompey is a project promoted by Portsmouth School of Architecture in partnership with Portsmouth City Council, and led by senior lecturer and architect Guido Robazza.
The project develops a tactical small-sized co-created temporary intervention in public space. It builds on the assumption that, in cities, there’s an abundance of under-used spaces. Encouraging local communities to take ownership of such urban spaces, decide on their use and take action can improve the quality of public space and define new forms of civic participation.
#IHeartPompey brings together the community of young people from the Brook Club in Somerstown, and students of the School of Architecture in an attempt to create a playful and inclusive space, open to welcome different people and allow for their interaction.
The design of #IHeartPompey is a result of a student competition won by postgraduate architecture students Richard Williams and Joshua Brooks, followed by several meetings between the community and the students who collaborated in the design process and built the structure together in just a few days at the end of May 2016.
This public space has become a place with a recognisable character and a positive social impact in the life of students and local communities.
The project is part of a wider university research project: “Co-Production of Temporary Interventions in Public Space as a tool for Placemaking”. The investigation attempts to monitor the engagement and measure quantitatively and qualitatively the impact of co-created interventions in terms of empowerment of the communities and investigating the differences caused in their relationship with the public realm. The methodology, starting from an extended literature review and relevant case studies, develops a comparison between the use and perceptions of the spaces before and after the temporary interventions.