The Craft Works2009-10
A Creative Urban Solution for the Regeneration of Greyfriars, Gloucester. RIBA Part I Academic Project, winner of an RIBA South West award for ‘best project’ and achieved First Class Honours.
This final year Part I project began by researching and masterplanning the Roman city of Gloucester, proposing to infill the ‘backland’ city spaces with creative industries and live-work opportunities, in order to regenerate the city and its local economy. Lydia took forward one plot in detail, creating designer-maker workshops, showcasing the craft processes and providing opportunities to promote and sell work, plus a cafe, event space, business incubator services and residential accommodation.
Taking influence from established models such as Cockpit Arts in London and the Paintworks in Bristol, the Craft Works is as much about showcasing the joy and technique involved in the raw processes and materials of making, as the final pieces of work produced by the makers themselves. These early themes resonate today with Lydia’s own work in ceramics as both a designer and maker.