the progressive urbanization of an imaginary Sheffield

what is to prototype a city?

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URBAN FABRIC aims to rethink Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ) using cheap rapid-prototyping tools and methodologies. The project brings people together in the creation of a tri-dimensional model of the area, which will combine existing and imaginary structures – the city’s material history and its residents’ personal desires.

The CIQ is one of Sheffield’s eleven districts, situated right next to the city rail station. It used to concentrate industrial buildings and car showrooms, a number of which were converted into studios and art institutions during the mid-1980s, transforming the area in a sort of local cultural hub.

Some places of interest include Showroom Cinema, Red Tape Music Studios, Leadmill nightclub, Site Gallery, Sheffield Institute of Art Gallery, Access Space and the Sheffield Halam University Student Union (once the short-lived National Centre for Popular Music).

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Participate!

If you are a local resident and have something that you want to see built in the area, attend one of our meetings and learn to design it yourself!

If you are an architect and have ideas that would suit the neighbourhood, why not get in touch and discuss it by email? We might be able to realize your project (on a 1:200 scale ;))!

URBAN FABRIC aims to rethink Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter using cheap rapid-prototyping tools and methodologies. Click here to see how to participate.

Project wrap-up this TUESDAY 27/11, 1-3pm, @ACCESS SPACE.

UF:CIQ is a project coordinated by Gabriel Menotti in the context of Refab Space Autumn Art Residencies.

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