A Supportive City brings together domestic and urban uses to create a supportive urban environment in which to live and work. The project aims to reduce pressures on the existing health and social services by supporting vulnerable members of society within their immediate surroundings. It localises and intensifies uses to provide support through infrastructure, harnessing the opportunities created by domestic and urban spaces working together. Heavily focused on social infrastructure, the truly mixed-use scheme aims to better provide care in the city by offering its residents opportunity, resilience and agility.
The project tests these ideas on an existing underused town centre site and explores how it can work harder for its local community. The project began its exploration by understanding how infrastructure can support a specific demographic of young people leaving care as a particularly vulnerable group within society.