Participant Detail

Name: ?
Age: 30

She was very interested in the project and said she had visited India where she always felt safe, when returning to Manchester she was wary of where she walks and makes sure she isn't alone.


5th Year
Aged 24
My Overview: "Knowing More"

My main project originated from a workshop held by the Valuing Older People team at Manchester's Town Hall. A comment was made about the inaccessibility of Piccadilly Gardens and how the old, sunken gardens were more desirable. To discover if this opinion was held by many I undertook a series of events to record people's comments and understand how and why they were affected by the space. Firstly I created a postcard asking people what they liked and what they would change in Piccadilly Gardens, this was relatively successful but people needed a lot of prompting. Secondly I showed people a series of images and asked them which they liked and disliked. This was more successful and the comments made were more useful. Thirdly I wanted to establish the public's view of Piccadilly Gardens after dark. I asked a series of people where they felt safe in Piccadilly Gardens these results were then plotted on a site plan to highlight safe zones and problem areas. By engaging with the people that will be affected by the project it helped to create a concept that was not distant from the real problem and helped to form a more established brief.

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