My City Too
Young people are our future. Yet research shows that many young people feel that they have little or no influence in decisions about their city. Young people must be fully involved in place- and policy- making if they are going to value, respect and take ownership of the spaces and places around them.
My City Too was a groundbreaking campaign for London that responded to this challenge. It provided a high-profile platform for young people aged 12–19 to express their aspirations for the future of London’s built environment. This was the first campaign of its kind.
My City Too engaged thousands of young people from London boroughs in creating a manifesto. The manifesto was presented to and debated with London’s mayoral candidates and key decision- makers in the public and private sectors. It enabled young people to directly influence those responsible for shaping the capital.
My City Too was an opportunity to build a real and in-depth dialogue between young people, designers, developers, councils and other decision-makers, as well as with other potential role models. The strength of the campaign lied in partnerships and collaboration with a diverse range of organisations, groups and companies.
Throughout the project young people across the city explored places and spaces in London in depth through an integrated programme of action research, workshops, surveys, polls and forums.
A team of professionals and experts supported and facilitated the campaign. Key initiatives included:
Pan-London monthly forums gathering 35 Ambassadors from 17 boroughs
Extensive series of local action research projects in Southwark, Newham, Greenwich, Camden and Islington exploring young people’s ideas for retail spaces, public realm and other relevant issues such as anti-social behavior
Surveys across 1000 young people from 25 London boroughs, examining young people’s views about places and spaces in Londo
Intergeneration’ workshops bringing together young people with planning councillors from across London to explore placemaking solutions and ideas that can be applied to local and regional policy
Support from expert boards with membership drawn from such organisations as Tesco, First Base, Arup and Make Architects