Oxford City Council invited first year architecture students to create designs to improve an under-used space in Jericho. The students' varied and imaginative designs for Mount Place are under consideration by the council prior to public consultation.
Tasked with exploring different aspects of the site – the sounds, smells and atmosphere, as well as considerations such as ownership and health and safety. Following a site visit, the students presented their plans to an area committee meeting in St Barnabas School in September. They were well received and a working group of residents, local councillors and a council officer was formed to follow up on the ideas.
With a notional budget of £10,000 the students came up with 18 scenarios. These included suggestions that the area could be contoured or terraced to offer different levels for seating; that it could encourage nesting birds with a 'bird house' and that a drinking fountain might be introduced for passing joggers. One plan, inspired by local window boxes, considered creating wooden 'public window boxes' where local residents might plant their own flowers. All the students wanted to retain the trees with one plan aimed at converting the area into an 'arboretum' with new wooden bench seating.
Oxford City Council asked OB1 LIVE to build a prototype structure, possibly a bench, on the site in the summer, 2010. The community will have the opportunity to try it out and pass comment on it.
Mount Place Makeover Options, Jericho Echo, Issue 07, November 2009
Grand Designs for city square, Oxford Mail, December 16th 2009
Jane Anderson, BBC Radio Oxford interview for Mount Place: 15 December 2009
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