The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London began working on a collaborative regeneration project this week with the Royal College of Art, which aims to redesign shop fronts up and down Fore Street and Edmonton High Road.
The project, led by MUF Architecture who develop public spaces, will see shop fronts given a makeover as part of a wider regeneration project taking place throughout Enfield.
Initial designs began at the one day workshop at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Enfield Centre, where students from both colleges worked together to develop ideas, mood boards, 3D designs and other materials.
Patrick Morris, a post graduate student at the Royal College of Art, worked with Arvin Dabiri who is studying Art and Design Level 3 at the College. Together they were set a task to enhance the external appearance of C Light – a beauty salon set back off Fore Street.
Using a mixture of textures and materials, together they came up with ideas which were presented to the group at the end of the day.
Patrick said: “Using the design process to have a positive impact on a community is exciting. It’s been really good working with Arvin and I think we’ve come up with some great ideas.”
The collaboration also allowed students to share experiences, and advice and guidance on higher education.
Patrick said, “I have several years of experience but I’m still learning, and this is what I’ve explained to Arvin. If you truly enjoy what you do, the learning process never ends.”
Arvin added: “Today has been inspiring. We are helping the community but by working with experienced artists, it’s expanded my creative thinking. It’s also made me excited about going on to university when I finish my course.”
The College’s involvement is part of MUF’s approach to involve the local community in regenerating the area, creating a sense of pride and ownership amongst residents, businesses and young people.
Curriculum Manager, Cyrus Armstrong-James, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to work with our partners, both educational and in the community, to help in the regeneration of the area.”
He added: “Working on a project of this magnitude while still at College will fill students with an immense sense of pride, and further inspire them to continue on to greater things.”
Following the one day session, students will present their ideas to shop owners and if agreed, will work on implementing the designs during the summer.
For more information about creative courses at the College, please visit; www.conel.ac.uk or call Course Information on 020 8442 3055.
- Last Updated: 29 March 2012