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Architect Community Hubs for crowd sharing local regeneration and building jobs

The Hubs concept is to design and build modern networked community hubs that promote social fusion, sustainable lifestyles and economic productivity. The objective is to enable spaces that encourage groups to better collaborate with available time

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The Hubs concept is to design and build modern networked community hubs that promote social fusion, sustainable lifestyles and economic productivity. The objective is to enable spaces that encourage groups to better collaborate with available time and increase self-sufficiency, improve overall living standards and present a commercially attractive opportunity for investors.

An observation of deprived areas is that jobs are few. This implies that labour is available. Hub design should therefore seek to consistently deliver spaces that place emphasis on a social centre that can network people with development ideas. The venture can then be backed by a currency that is more abundant with that community’s needs. For example; time.

Human beings live by exchanging their services. Sluggish circulation has largely stopped this exchange and thrown millions of willing workers out of employment. - We must therefore revive this exchange of services and by its means bring the unemployed back to the ranks of the producers.  

Relationship to the Wider Economy

In the context of our modern economy, Hubs can be designed to alleviate pollution, de-intensify land values, promote energy sustainability, lessen urban sprawl, reduce traffic congestion, increase food sovereignty, mitigate crime levels and offset the overall carbon footprint. Ultimately we’re talking about design of places to work within macro-economy.

 Competitions to design spaces can give content to media, topics to politics and education for architects.  The visions and  ideas on how to redesign can be action planned into their own community spaces by the people who live locally. 

Platforms such as this one could debate the progress and plans on record so as to evolve the shared impacts of redesigning environments for new social purposes. 

Once ideas are refined into tasks, the labour could be treated as a soft cost where inhabitants could collectively value, price and bid on jobs. Hard costs might then b met by local companies receiving tax breaks for sponsoring new initiatives

The objective of each hub would be to deliver local venues that are versatile with the needs of a community and capable of delivering neighborhood services that people value so as to then build a commercially sustainable place that also I proves lifestyles. The overarching philosophy here is realisation through the facilitation of collaboration.

How a commercial model might look:
The mind shift here is creating a service economy by better time management to find roles and expertise amongst locals. 

First contact would be some form of  Administrative lobby with surroundings in which to gather informally. The foyer may feature a reception or notice board of open work. 

A Venue with  multi-purpose rooms would be available for use or hire. Flexible by design and ready for anything. These spaces are for people to organise Music, Art, Teaching, Gatherings, Ceremonies, Family occasions, whatever you want. It’s a versatile space designed to service workshops, events, classes and jam sessions. Venue hiire available to club members.

Data Zone – Easy Office. S erviced facility to interface the hub and it's people with wider networks. Intended as an openly creative space, these facilities would be for enterprising people to afford a start up space located for convenience. Visualise desk space and drawing boards at minimum with workstations, conference facilities and screening rooms for private hire services. 

Utility Module – Re-energise with a Bright Green  heart to innovate a sustainable operation. This could be in the creation of recycling and sharing sheds. A tool swap service between people, community members and outside markets. Ultimately this is a group co-op space for people to manage an efficient economy, bulk buy orders and trade services. A local currency  market here could respond to resource demand and ensure best pricing for all. 

Some  spaces might also be re-adapted to act as energy wholesalers for local property owners to store power from nearby  wind turbines or solar panels. This would be complimented by  commercial mechanisms to either use or sell self-generated power back to the Grid. 

Such pooling of resources would create natural distribution centres and allow communities to target telecom and utility links. Loading docks and shared workshop spaces could be created with storage depots, tool hire and seed banks. 

Landscaping for Shared Land Use could bring  Food Sovereignty by residents growing their own Food in Allotments, Greenhouses and Orchards. Water Management could be recycled in various phases. A fully integrated network of spaces could offer ongoing education by qualifying people to maintain each module

Overall a considered approach to redesigning spaces for more holistic local lifestyles with greater social  interaction could engineer a multi-functional economy founded in production and not consumption. I n the long game this approach would seek to eradicate poverty by education.


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