Oxford Brookes Department of Planning Creates Hands-On Experience for Future Generations
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Oxford Brookes Department of Planning Creates Hands-On Experience for Future Generations

The recently completed atrium of the Abercrombie building, Oxford Brooke’s newest addition, was transformed into an impressive interactive zone for Oxford Open Doors 2013. The Department of Planning and the Space to Think Team at Oxford Brookes University welcomed Oxfordshire residents to the Abercrombie building to show off the magnificent first phase of the campus redevelopment, which represents just 20% of the whole project. Residents discovered how the new building is already changing students’ working practices on campus and improving their productivity.

The Department of Planning used the impressive full-height atrium to create an interactive zone for children so that they could create their own imaginative ideas for cities of the future. Laing O’Rourke, lead constructer for the Brookes redevelopment project , provided materials and helped the department to create an exciting opportunity with child safety jackets and helmets. Oxfordshire children were able to get involved in various building and drawing exercises and were even reluctant to return their hard hats and jackets when it was time to leave!

Georgia Butina-Watson, Head of the Department of Planning, said:
“The city building exercise was very exciting- young participants were very creative in building the city of their dreams. We had bridges, hospitals, windmills, moats and very interesting housing schemes.”

Oxfordshire residents were able to tour the building, browse student-led exhibitions and visit the Space to Think Lab to find out about the John Henry Brookes Building, which is due to open in phases during the next few months. The Glass Tank exhibition space showcased work from some of our best students from the Social Entrepreneur Award, which was given to ambitious Brookes students who recognise society’s needs and want to make real difference to communities.

The exquisite Abercrombie café was also on hand to provide afternoon tea and the event was a perfect pre-cursor to next year, when Oxford Open Doors 2014 will come to the newly finished John Henry Brookes Building. A number of visitors expressed their desire to return for Oxford Open Doors 2014 where they would be able to see the completed project.

If you are interested in studying for a degree in Planning visit the Department of Planning’s website here

A selection of photos for Oxford Open Doors 2013 is available on Flickr.