‘Visions for a Lifetime Neighbourhood’ launch at Dore Show

Dore Show

Since autumn 2014, researchers and Dore residents have been working together to explore visions for the village as a Lifetime Neighbourhood – a place for residents of all ages. Our ideas build on the existing strengths of the village and its facilities, and aim to make it accessible and attractive for residents and visitors.

At the Dore Show in September, the Dore DWELL group launched a snapshot of this ongoing work as a series of ‘Visions’ – 8 ideas for the village as a Lifetime Neighbourhood ranging from new pedestrian crossings to a housing strategy in the Neighbourhood Plan. These visions were not intended as final proposalsbut as possible futures for the village – to imagine how it might look like in 2, 5 or even 10 years’ time.

At the Dore Show, we invited other residents and visitors to vote on which of these 8 visions they felt were high, medium, or low priorities using a traffic light voting system. Interest in the DWELL stall was overwhelming, with almost 500 votes cast on the day! The researchers and group members were kept  busy answering questions and explaining the thinking behind the visions.

Look out for copies of the DWELL Visions booklet in the shops, cafes and pubs of Dore Village or download an electronic (pdf) version of the booklet here.

As well as circulating these ideas to as many residents as possible, the Dore DWELL group are now in discussion with the Dore Village Society  to look at how some of these ideas might inform the Neighbourhood Planning process in the village.

DWELL research exhibited at the Royal Academy

Four Visions-RA

© Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer Marcus J. Leith

Working closely with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, researchers from the DWELL project were involved in creating visual and audio material for the ‘Four Visions for the Future of Housing’ Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London.

The exhibition examined the challenges for designers and housing providers in the context of the current housing crisis, and asked four architects practices to respond to some of the specific societal, local, contextual, or technical housing challenges in a creative and challenging way. The SWA/DWELL panel explored the issues around designing for down-sizing, focussing on the potential scope for higher density / urban living in later life. The visuals, displayed in the form of six light boxes, explored specific moments or ‘thresholds’ within the home that should be considered when designing this type of housing for later life.

The visual material was complemented by the voices of three DWELL interviewees, who described some of the benefits and challenges of down-sizing in later life.

The exhibition ran from February to May 2015 and was accompanied by a programme of talks from the architects involved.

More information: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/future-housing

DWELL Stakeholder Workshop Report

Image of participants at the Stakeholder Workshop

Following the successful stakeholder workshop held in September, we have now collated a final report of the event – and would like to thank everyone who attended as well as those who submitted comments and feedback.

A PDF copy of the final report is available to download here:


For those who attended, this write-up should hopefully provide a useful reminder of the wide-ranging discussion on the day. For those who were not able to attend, the report provides details of the aims, activities and outcomes of the workshop, including the collaborative exercise. We would particularly like to draw attention to the ‘next steps’ section.

DWELL participants become fim-makers

Filming on London Rd, Sharrow

A group of DWELL participants took part in a hands-on film-making workshop to develop their skills and confidence in using video to document
their city.

Over the two day event, participants learned a range of new techniques including lighting, sound, composition, action shots, and how to use sequences and cuts. We then applied these skills on an outdoor shoot ‘on location’ in Sharrow, and also gained experience of recording interviews and conversations.

The event demonstrated how visual methods such as filming and photography can be used to break down barriers between researchers and local residents.

In the DWELL project we plan to use video and films as a way of presenting and sharing our findings to a wider audience – whether through film screenings or online video sharing. This enjoyable workshop was organised by Friederike and delivered by London-based film- makers Spectacle. It was funded through a University of Sheffield’s Methodological Innovation Grant.
For more information visit http://spectacle.co.uk

Dore residents introduce DWELL to the village centre

Dore Village centre

At the second meeting of the DWELL Dore group, we went out on a walk around the village centre. The aim was to highlight a range of the issues and priorities of the group. This included observations around car parking, pavements, the general quality of the public realm, and the range of different shops, pubs, and community buildings in the village.

It was a very interesting and useful introduction to the village – despite the damp weather!