Cities are forever changing but who is the change for? How do young people feel about regeneration of their neighbourhoods? How can we ensure young residents have a voice - and are heard - in critical planning decisions that affect their lives and their communities?
In 2020, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (UCL) and community organisations Pempeople and The Ubele Initiative came together to explore new
methods and tools of public voicing foryoung people. The result was a series ofon-line, open-call participatory workshopswith young people from Peckham and
Brixton. Facilitated by poet and performance artist Kat François and interdisciplinary media artist Daniel Oduntan, the sessions explored notions of
belonging, change and displacement, race and stereotyping, Covid lockdowns and mental health, voicelessness and the importance of active listening when
designing tools to empower. They experimented with poetry, spoken word, storytelling and mobile filmmaking, inside and outside the workshops.
This visual letter captures the essence of the workshops. Designed and edited by Daniel Oduntan in portrait as opposed to landscape, the video letter lends itself to mobile viewing, with the option of reading or listening to each voice note as chapter.