Forgotten Spaces

My City Too’s young ambassadors collaborated and produced a proposal for entry into the RIBA Forgotten Spaces competition.

Key Project Information

Participants: 12 young people aged 12-19
Format: Design workshops

Project Overview

Greater local engagement and active participation in the development of our urban realm is one of the central themes of the coalition government’s current planning reforms. In the coming years we are likely to see an expanded role for neighbourhood and community groups in what gets built and where. Forgotten Spaces 2011 was an opportunity for testing ideas and is a chance to put locally inspired proposals out there.

As part of MC2’s 2011 programme, working towards producing a pamphlet focusing on what Localism means to young people, the ambassadors are developing methods with which to investigate current policy and further their campaign. The RIBA Forgotten Spaces Competition will sit this framework and be delivered within the monthly MC2 Forums to provide a practical worked example to support the research on Localism they are concurrently conducting.


Using a real site and design project to enable the Ambassadors to understand how localism might practically affect young people in relation to new planning processes.

Project Detail

Through a series of design workshops facilitated by built environment professionals, the city-wide group of My City Too young ambassadors, collaborated and produced a proposal for entry into the RIBA Forgotten Spaces competition.


Young people in the citywide campaign will increase their opportunities for involvement in built environment policy making across London (GLA) and at the local borough level by understanding the localism agenda, and creating an appropriate response. 

Contributed to the body of evidence and research to be used by young people and built environment professionals in development and improvement of the environment.

To have improved young peoples capacity to become involved in the creation and improvement of the built environment and wider civic functions.

Increased numbers of young people will be able to articulate their thoughts and comments on the built environment and localism in particular.

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