What would YOU create in a city’s Forgotten Spaces?

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Calling all you creative thinkers.

A competition - that invites people to design the transformation of an abandoned piece of land in Sheffield - has been launched by Sheffield Hallam University.

You don’t have to be an architect to enter the ‘Forgotten Spaces’ competition - you just need an idea to be in with the chance of winning £5000.

A Forgotten Space could be a grassy verge, wasteland, unused car park, derelict building, underpass or flyover. The aim is to present regeneration ideas for areas that don’t yet have a place in the hearts and minds of the local community and explore the possibilities for breathing new life into them. Your idea can be simple or complex, commercial or public, your own piece of public art or a new building. The requirements are simple: the design must respond to the area and serve a function for the local community.

If you’d like ideas for a Forgotten Space, each of the Community Assemblies in the Sheffield City Region has identified a potential site in their area. You can use one of these suggestions or choose one of your own.

“It’s an innovative, grass roots approach, allowing local artists and designers to come up with solutions for neglected sites,” said a spokesperson for The Royal Institute of British Architects, who have launched the project in conjuction with Sheffield Hallam University.

“Although proposals won’t be constructed, the competition is intended to provoke discussion amongst landowners, local authorities and investors about regeneration and the role of the local community.”

Short listed proposals will be showcased at the Crucible Theatre in September 2011. Winners will be awarded cash prizes of £5000 for first prize, £2000 for second prize and £1000 for third prize. You’ll need to be fairly quick off the mark to register for the competition, as the deadline is Wednesday 30 March 2011. The final closing date for entries is Thursday 12 May 2011.

So if you’re an artist, designer, planner, student, engineer or architect and you think you could dream something up, there’s no time to waste.

Contact Claire Hutchinson of RIBA Yorkshire on claire.hutchinson@inst.riba.org or Tess Humphrys of Sheffield Hallam University on t.humphrys@shu.ac.uk