community research...
data embedded in art
 

Sneinton, Nottingham, UK
 
recent research conducted in the neighbourhood showed that physical interventions could contribute to improving social issues. But how can representative and inclusive participation be achieved? Could data represented in the form of art capture residents' imagination?
research conducted by Laura for Sneinton Alchemy and the University of Nottingham, sponsored by EPSRC.
 
memories of Sneinton
48 children and adults expressed their most precious memories of living in Sneinton...

52% remembered nature (primarily trees)
15% remembered season-related moments (fall/snow/blossom)
13% remembered buildings
12% remembered people
8% remembered public places

...what do you remember about your neighbourhood?

a vision for Sneinton
1% of the population do not like the area (yellow)
2% have no concerns (white)
4% think it is the authorities' responsibility
to do anything (coral)
12% have no dreams (blue)
17% have no ideas (brown)

...but most residents have something to share to build a collective vision for the area

Sneinton's voice
40% of the residents feel they don't have a voice (pink)
29% feel they do (purple)
7% do not know how to make themselves heard (yellow)
12% do not trust the authorities (blue)

...what is the role of social networks in opening up communication channels?
...could these change the current picture in Sneinton?

Sneinton's place fragmentation
geography and character fragment Sneinton in small areas
historic and green assets are scattered around, not coherently connected

...can the community create ONE Sneinton through their Neighbourhood Plan?

Sneinton's social fragmentation
one of the assets Sneinton community value the most is the multicultural character of the population. However, cultural segregation came up in research as one of the key challenges.

...how can the community bring Sneinton groups together?