River Commons is a project initiated by Studio Polpo to work with a number of actors in and around Sheffield to catalyse, support, implement and disseminate initiatives that make Sheffield Rivers more Accessible. This project was conceived in the context of our entry for the Forgotten Spaces Sheffield 2011 competition.
One aspect of the project is about mapping initiatives, skills and intentions of all actors with an interest in Sheffield Rivers; in parallel we are working on identifying and implementing interventions and actions.
Initial activities included photographer Eric Winnerts photo series, and a tie in with the Masters in Architecture Urban Design students at the Sheffield University who have looked at the area in detail as part of their project work.
A launch event held at CADS in Sheffield, co-ordinated by Studio Polpo and SKINN, followed by an afternoon and evening of talks and workshops (featuring the city council's head of planning, the Riverside pub/theatre and others) has started to bring together a number of interested parties, and the proceedings from this were collated and are now available here.
Engage with the project via Twitter @RiverCommons.