IT was the architect competition which brought Sheffield the ideas of transforming shop fronts into golf driving ranges, sewers into exploration centres and the Norton Oaks Water Tower into an observation platform.
Now Forgotten Spaces 2011 – a contest to generate ideas about improving the city’s neglected areas – is to showcase the 19 short-listed 3D models in a new exhibition.
Visitors can see how a golden picture frame might look floating down the Tinsley Canal, if a spice centre would work in the Wicker arches or how a nature walk could bring Ecclesall to life.
“A final to pick a winner will be held on September 26 but every one of these ideas on display is worth attention,” says Tessa Humphrys, spokeswoman for Sheffield Hallam University which, along with the Royal Institute of British Architecture, is behind the contest. “They show an incredible range of creative thinking when it comes to public spaces.”
Exhibition runs from today to October 8 at The Crucible.