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Shape Your City event asks young people to help improve Cambridge's public spaces


By Gemma Gardner


The Greater Cambridge Partnership and Form the Future are encouraging young people to shape the citys future
The Greater Cambridge Partnership and Form the Future are encouraging young people to shape the citys future

Greater Cambridge Partnership, Cambridge City Council and Form the Future host hackathon on September 29

The Greater Cambridge Partnership and Form the Future are encouraging young people to shape the citys future
The Greater Cambridge Partnership and Form the Future are encouraging young people to shape the citys future

Planners are challenging Cambridge’s young people to come up with new ideas on how to improve the city’s public spaces.

Shape Your City is a free one-day hackathon event hosted by the Greater Cambridge Partnership with Cambridge City Council and Form the Future for people aged 12-19 years on September 29 to explore ideas on how to improve urban spaces for future generations.

During the day young people will visit key public spaces in Cambridge, and then work in teams to come up with ideas on how they would change the space to meet future needs. The teams will then present their ideas, with prizes for the winning team.

Feedback from the event will be fed into the Making Space for People project – a new strategy for Cambridge.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, leader of Cambridge City Council and chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership executive board, said: “We are working with all our residents on plans for Cambridge and its centre and it is vital we hear the views and ideas of young people to ensure that transport improvements meet their needs and those of future generations too.”

“This event is a unique opportunity for young people to critique our plans for transport and public spaces and I look forward to hearing how they want Cambridge improved for the future.

“Ideas from the event will be included as part of our long-term plan to improve the city’s transport plans and open spaces, including how more young people can travel by cycling and walking or buses, and enjoy cleaner air and a less congested city.”

There will be talks and presentations on urban design, architecture, geography and planning, offering an insight into careers in these fields.

The event will be of interest to students thinking of pursuing a career in any of these areas, along with those interested in civic involvement and local politics.

Anne Bailey, co-founder and director of Form the Future, said: “Young people have so much to offer and we look forward to seeing their creative solutions to shape public spaces in the city centre.

“It’s also a great chance for them to experience the world of urban design, architecture and planning to see if this could be a future career path. We’re really pleased to be involved with this project.”

The event is on Saturday, September 29, 9.30am-4.30pm at The Guildhall in Cambridge.

It is free to attend, but places are limited.

Register at greatercambridge.org.uk/shapeyourcity.



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