July 2023

Young people are the future of our places, and an important, vibrant and integral part of our present. We believe they should be empowered to play an active role in shaping where they live, study and play. To explore the power of young people in shaping places and question how we can make more space for more youth-led design, The Glass-House collaborated with Cement Fields, an art organisation, to host and deliver a webinar.

This 75 minute webinar brought together a series of inspirational presentations from diverse projects and organisations working with young people through design and community-led placemaking. We were also joined by young people from Cement Fields’ Ebbsfleet Design Group, who reflected on their experience of being involved in designing the future garden city and challenged us all to explore how we can work better with young people in placemaking.

Our speakers included:

The event was chaired by the Glass-House Community Led Design.

Cement Fields is a visual art organisation working collaboratively with artists and communities to create ambitious new art along the Thames Estuary, from Dartford to Whitstable. This Must Be the Place is our long-term placemaking project in Ebbsfleet, working with young people to explore and shape the new garden city as it is built. The project is supported using public funding by National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.

This event is co-produced by Cement Fields and The Glass-House Community Led Design as part of This Must Be the Place.

You can read a blog about the webinar here.