About This Live Project

The Spires is a community building based on the Arbourthorne council estate to the south-east of Sheffield city centre. The building itself is very distinctive, formed by 13 hexagonal pods each rising to an individual apex. A local Christian charity known as the Miracle Trust are using the building to provide a much needed community support network. The hope is to extend the reach of the organisation and its valuable resource to a greater number of people by improving the public face of the building and providing a clearer connection to the community.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

The Spires Centre needs YOU...

The LiveProject Team and The Miracle Trust are hosting an event at The Spires Centre (600 East Bank Road, Arbourthorne) entitled "Let's Break In" on Saturday 18th October, starting at 10am... everybody is welcome!

-Free drinks and cakes!
Painting, planting, digging, arts and crafts, chatting and more... something for everyone of all ages!
If you fancy getting stuck in then please remember to come prepared with suitable outdoor clothing. If that's not your cup of tea, then please feel free to contribute any cakes or just to help out making teas - or of course just come along for the fun of it!

What's the idea behind "Let's Break In"?

We want you, as members of the Arbourthorne Community to take part in shaping the entrance to The Spires Community Centre. We want you to get want you want, for The Spires Centre to be your centre - the only way this will be possible is if you helps us: let's penetrate the fence, let's have a visible entrance, let's make The Spires stand out.... Let's Break In! (Sat 18th Oct).

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Football on a wet Tuesday.

Relegated to playing on a local field, due to the sports centre closing because of a power outage. The conditions underfoot were wet and slippery, as the youth club and architecture students gathered for a kick around.

The treacherous conditions evened out the playing standard, many ending up on the floor as the ball was jostled for.

Goals were going in at both ends in an evenly fought game, Tom was guilty of squandering many of his teams chances as they pressed hard, but the defence of Team Gooch was solid if a little unsightly, breaking and counter attacking swiftly, it was all to no avail as Team Tom eventually ran out 7-5 winners.

This resource could come in handy for Saturday. Anyone for lemon drizzle?

Monday, 13 October 2008

Sunday morning design consultation.

So we found ourselves at the Arbourthrone Community Church for the service on Sunday morning. Alistair had allowed us the opportunity to talk to the congregation and engage them in a participation and consultation exercise. The service began in its usual manner with the gathered people joining in worship and then the floor was opened to us. Tom, dressed up specially for the occasion, delivered a quick PowerPoint presentation and then introduced the topics for discussion in our small groups.

Ideas for making the building more visible to the estate come thick and fast, including painting the breeze blocks, lighting the building with colour and a giant shark coming out of the roof. (thanks Andrew)

We also discussed the need for the community centre to advertise its events, be this through a notice board, digital projection or using a giant fan to ticker tape the estate with the events. (another useful Andrew suggestion)

Venturing outside allowed us to rediscover our attitudes to the building and to try and see how it is perceived by people who don't currently attend the Spires.

Felt pens were used to document ideas through notes, descriptions and drawings.

At the end of the session we brought our ideas together and collated them on a white board, using this as a premise for further discussion about how our ideas might be beneficial to the Spires building and to the community on Arbourthorne estate.

Meet Alistair.

alternatively send us a picture from your modelling portfolio and we'll upload that.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Let's Break In

The new leaflets go down well.