New Neighbourhood Utility

The study explores potential uses to re-appropriate the former washing areas associated with back to back housing to invent a new neighbourhood utility.

Using participatory practice to engage with the community to determine relevance, the intention is to re-introduce a shared community benefit. The miss-use of these neglected spaces contributes to the detriment and decline of the neighbourhood. Substance abuse and discarded waste establish an environmental health hazard.

Can collective action transform waste and waste space into a valuable resource, offering environmental, health economic and social benefits to a deprived neighbourhood?

It is envisaged that several different functions and uses; which are not possible within the home, will add to the quality of life for the neighbourhood, establish a sense of community/ shared activity and contribute to health benefits, food knowledge, and general well-being.

This research engages with an area of 96 back to back terraces in Harehills, an inner city area approximately one mile north east of Leeds City Centre. Twelve privately owned undevelopable sites are available for appropriation.

Section through back to back houses

Aerial back to back houses

Yards used as toilets and washing area

Potential uses

Closed loop system