Published in 2022

Cross-pollination is a practical approach to incubating networks of place-based projects, collaborative research and innovationThe 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.

To capture the project in Merthyr Tydfil, the research team invited Filmmaker Emma Crouch of i say RAAR to visit the area during and after cross-pollination workshops. Watch the full film below:

There is also a shorter version of the film:

Read more about Cross-pollination: Growing cross-sector design collaboration in placemaking on the project blog here.