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Dynamix consultations overview

General observations:
Most people thought what we were doing was great, that it was needed, that it filled a gap, that it should be continued.

Lots of people walked past and didn’t stop. Lots of them looked unsure and potentially challenged by it being something a bit different. People seemed to find it easier to come in if there were already people in talking to us.

Dynamix Swansea

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Dynamix consultation at 229 High Street

Dynamix Swansea

One word to describe how High Street is now:
• Nothing special
• Adequate
• Dive
• Dull
• Boring
• Not big enough
• Not many shops
• Needs updating
• Very neglected (especially across the road)
• Claustrophobic
• Awful language
• Scruffy x2
• Busy
• Tacky
• Drab x2
• Run down
• No parking killed it
• Grey

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Functional Flower beds

Visiting Liverpool recently we spotted a wonderful flowerbed on the train station platform stating “I am edible”, the flowerbed itself was filled with edible plants, from salad leaves to herbs and even a few flowers.

Edible Flowers

Unfortunatly while zooming past on the train we didn’t have time to take a photograph, however we have found a lovely image of a similar idea in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, called Incredible Edible Todmorden

edible garden

Dynamix consultation along the High Street

One word to describe how High Street is now:
• Boring
• Scummy
• Shabby
• Busy x2
• Unsafe
• Grey
• Contrasting – half done up
• Run down x4
• Mixed
• Neglected x2
• Heroin, mow
• Avoid after dark
• Quiet
• Not very welcoming
• Depressing (I remember how it used to be – the arcade was unique and lovely)
• Unfinished

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Dynamix Consultation in Dyfatty

One word to describe how High Street is now:
• Scruffy
• Depressing
• Deserted
• Makes me feel angry
• Needs a lick of paint
• Intimidating
• Rough
• Deplorable
• Nowhere to eat in the evenings
• Finished at 5.30
• Getting worse
• Lack of choice
• Too many empty buildings
• Not nice
• Improving (there is something in the Old Iceland building now)

One word to describe how you would like High Street to be:
• Welcoming x 2
• Thriving
• Lots of small businesses
• Lively evenings
• Mix of sizes of businesses
• Friendly x 2
• Inviting
• Like it was years ago
• Looking better / nice
• Smarter
• Busy
• Making the most of its buildings
• Inspiring
• Restored (old buildings)

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COLLABORATIVE VISION AND DESIGN WORKSHOP OUTCOMES

As part of a collaborative partnership, NIA has been tasked with organising and facilitating a one day a scoping workshop with the goal of engaging local stakeholders to explore together short, medium and long term ideas to regenerate Swansea High Street. The partnership is funded by the Arts Council for Wales as part of their IDEAS PEOPLE PLACES Project. It is an arts inspired program with the express goal – “To embed the arts in a genuine and meaningful way in a small number of imaginative, ambitious and innovative regeneration projects. In doing so we wish to explore new ways of working that generate cross sector collaboration, test new ideas and partnerships and inspire communities to re-imagine their environment in a creative and empowered way.”

VOLCANO and COASTAL HOUSING GROUP are working with a range of organisations, architects, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs and artists to curate, transform and investigate a major new temporary social and cultural space immediately next door to Volcano’s High Street HQ. The idea of our research period is to realise, in a controlled microcosm, the aspiration that the High Street is not merely the forgotten rail entrance to the City but a destination that you can visit, interact with and enjoy. By examining the ways in which people engage with and respond to a series of changes, we want to provide evidence and ideas which will help change the manner in which regeneration projects are configured in Swansea, and pave the way for a second phase entailing a radical rethink of how art, regeneration and the built (and moving) environment interact.

Findings available to download as a pdf from here
Exercise number 1 – Strengths, weaknesses and opportunities
Exercise number 2 – Five capitals (cultural capital, built capital, natural capital, social capital, financial capital)
Scoping workshop feedback
Short, medium and loud term measures