Published in 2023
Cross-pollination is a practical approach to incubating networks of place-based projects, collaborative research and innovation. The approach is based on the principle of creating a sharing economy of assets (skills, projects and resources) among different people and organisations, across disciplines and sectors.
Cross-pollination: Growing cross-sector design collaboration in placemaking (Jan 2022- April 2023), was a knowledge exchange project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under their Place programme based off of this approach. The project is a collaboration between The Open University and The Glass-House Community Led Design, working in partnership with the locally-based partners in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales; Barnet, London; Gleadless Valley, Sheffield and Glasgow, Scotland.
Over 2023, filmmaker Emma Crouch has created a range of films exploring and showcasing each project. You can explore the films by following the links below:
- Method Film, intended to work alongside the Cross-pollination Resource Pack, serves as a demonstration of the workshop process in four simple steps – here.
- Showcase Film: Merthyr, Tydil, London and Edinburgh, captures and collates voices and perspectives across the cross-pollination project locations – here.
- The Journey from Portobello to Liverton & Gilmerton, Edinburgh, illustrates the cross-pollination approach through capturing our workshop in Liverton & Gilmerton with EVOC and draws out connections with a previous workshop in Portobello in 2019 – here.
- LPNC Rangers Workshop Film, capturing our workshop in Feb 2023 with London National Park City – here.
- Merthyr Tydfil Film, capturing the Welsh arm of the project – here.
Read more about Cross-pollination: Growing cross-sector design collaboration in placemaking on the project blog here.