The first Digital Academy!

Our Graduation photo for our first Digital Academy cohort!

We were so oversubscribed when we opened applications for our Digital Academy programme that we decided to run 2! The first programme ran 10-weeks between July and September and saw 31 participants take part.

The programme was split into 2 sections, the first being an individual design project for a community hub. The cohort took their own neighbourhood as their inspiration to explore what their community was like, what types of activities and services their community may want or need, where in their local area a community hub could exist, and what it could deliver. Below are just some of their amazing designs.

Next, we took on a design challenge within small teams. We worked with our Partners Regenda who provided the participants with a live housing-led regeneration project to respond to. The cohort worked in groups to understand the needs of existing and new communities in the area so they could provide a considered mix of housing, amenities and spaces.

Each group was assigned an individual mentor who supported them throughout the entire process. This an amazing opportunity to have input and guidance from a professional in the built environment and to hear about what their career is like.

Each group presented their ideas back to Regenda who were so impressed with the thought that the participants put in to understanding the impact of their designs on communities, and the range of approaches that they took in communicating their vision.

Thank you so much to all of our amazing participants who took part, the mentors and Ambassadors who supported the programme, and of course our Sponsors and Partners who could make this happen.

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