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Site Visit: We Can Make

February 21, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Discover more about We Can Make, a citizen-led housing initiative that supports communities to create homes, at this site visit with Melissa Mean (KWMC) and Craig White (White Design).

Since November 2016 Knowle West Media Centre and White Design have brought together residents, artists, academics, designers, architects and policy makers to deliver sustainable, affordable housing.

At a time when working people can expect to pay around 7.6 times their annual earnings on purchasing a home, the We Can Make project ensures communities, not property developers, call the shots: where homes are built to meet local need using local assets and skills.

The UK desperately needs homes that people both want and can afford. The Bristol Cable recently reported that in 2013/14 Bristol built just 102 affordable homes against an annual need of 1,500. We Can Make puts communities at the centre of decision-making about these issues, not on the periphery.

The project has:

  • Mapped over 1500 gap sites and micro-plots that could be built on
  • Identified the need for new types of homes that adapt to changing needs of families
  • Integrated housing with other community needs – from social care to employment
  • Mixed digital fabrication technology with craft, local skills, and local manufacturing capacity to create locally-made homes.
  • Developed new kinds of legal and financial models.

The construction of the first prototype house: a TAM, created by Bristol-based architects White Design, collaborating with ModCell Straw Technology and Coobio Circular Mateirals. The TAM occupies a micro-plot beside Filwood Community Centre.

In October 2017 Knowle West Media Centre and White Design published ‘Civic Innovation in Housing’ – a report sharing the findings and potential of the We Can Make model.

Meeting place given at time of booking – book here


February 21, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Knowle West Media Centre
0117 903 0444


Filwood Community Centre
Filwood Community Centre, Barnstaple Road, Knowle West
Bristol, BS4 1JP United Kingdom
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