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An overview of Community21


The Community21 Place-Maker-Space (Brighton)
Community21 co-founder Nick Gant
Resilience tools
Youth engagement
Inter-generational collaborative planning
technology tools
Sharing knowledge through accessible tools
Collaboratively designing (co-designing) community tools

Community21 is a social and sustainable design agency and research group that is housed within the University of Brighton's School or Architecture and Design.

We facilitate engagement and collaboration between creative researchers, staff and students at the University of Brighton and a diverse range of communities and organisations interested in social issues. We have supported communities in developing innovation and addressing issues and opportunities for sustainable and social development.

Together we collaboratively design (co-design) and produce innovative tools and methods, built through collaborative, inclusive research and creativity - These tools often utilise accessible digital technology and collaborative making methods and the testing of creative, community spaces.

We have worked on topics and provided solutions for community sustainability, energy and water schemes, utilising waste for social development, emergency planning, neighbourhood planning, inter-generational and inclusive youth engagement, citizenship and resilience and engagement with urban biodiversity.

We have generated practical, open tools (some of which are accessible here on Community21 website) and creative spaces that use new technologies, craft, materials and making methods locally and overseas. We have disseminated research to government departments, NGOs and charities, large corporate brands and industry, developers and local authorities.

Community21 was originally founded by University of Brighton design academic Nick Gant and Action in Rural Sussex Deputy Chief Executive Teresa Gittins and has grown to facilitate a network of University researchers and community practitioners, urban and rural communities, NGOs and service providers.

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Community21 forms part of a collaborative research project lead by The University of Brighton and Founder Nick Gant. Find out more!

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Community21's toolkit

Practical tools co-designed by communities for communities that engage with a range of 'bottom-up' defined topics

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