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Introduction to Forgotten Spaces Sheffield

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RIBA Yorkshire regional director Emma England introduces the Forgotten Spaces Sheffield shortlist

Welcome to the shortlist of Forgotten Spaces Sheffield, the Yorkshire version of one of the most successful ideas competitions ever run by the RIBA. The following pages show the range of proposals received to transform a diverse selection of places across the city, such as underused waterways, overlooked public spaces and redundant underpasses.

The Forgotten Spaces concept was devised by RIBA London in 2010 as a response to the Mayor of London’s ‘great space’ initiative.

Due to its immense success, on finding an extremely supportive partner in Sheffield Hallam University, we brought the competition to Sheffield for 2011.

The distinctive feature of the Forgotten Spaces competition was that it was open to everyone. As well as architects, we had entries from artists, students, graphic designers and technologists. It was not confined by the usual constraints of real projects, the only criteria was creativity. We have been overwhelmed by the number of entries.

Sheffield is a vibrant and creative city, probably best known for its music scene. Thanks to the Heart of the City Regeneration Project led by the council from 1998, it is now home to some of the best contemporary architecture in Yorkshire. There are still many areas waiting to be rediscovered.

One of the key themes of Forgotten Spaces 2011 is community participation. Sheffield already has seen the Big Society in action through a governance structure called the Community Assemblies. With the help of the City Council, we were able to engage with this group, and every Community Assembly.

View the complete Forgotten Spaces Sheffield shortlist and all of competition the entries

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