An initiative set up as part of Architecture Week 2002 will help the architects and public of Leeds learn more about their environment - from an unlikely source. 'Site by Many Sights' will encourage the city's homeless to work in collaboration with local architects in a bid to reveal how they see and experience their environment.
Users of St George's Crypt in Leeds, a centre for the homeless and rough sleepers, will meet with representatives of RIBA Yorkshire and a selection of Leeds-based architects in the weeks preceding Architecture Week (21-30 June). Following a briefing session, participants will be given a camera and encouraged to visit sites that are important to them, possibly in the company of an architect. An exhibition will then be collated showing the pictures that result from the project.
'We hope to show how the homeless see their environment changing and how they interact with it, ' said Gwen Bennett, regional director of RIBA Yorkshire. 'This will hopefully lead to a dialogue between architect, artist and the homeless themselves, to get material that can be used more widely.'