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Shape your city for future generations

Published: Friday, September 7, 2018


Cambridge’s city planners are challenging young people to come up with new ideas on how to improve the city’s public spaces for the next generation.

‘Shape Your City’ is a free event hosted by Cambridge City Council and the Greater Cambridge Partnership for young people (12-19 years old) on 29 September to explore ideas on how to improve urban spaces for future generations.

During the day young people will visit key public spaces in Cambridge, and then work in teams to come up with ideas on how they would change the space to meet future needs. The teams will then present their ideas, with prizes for the winning team.

There will also be talks and presentations on urban design, architecture, geography and planning, which will provide an insight into careers in these fields. The event will be of interest to students interested in pursuing a career in these areas, along with those who are interested in civic involvement and local politics.

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council and Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board, said: “We are working with all our residents on plans for Cambridge and its centre and it is vital we hear the views and ideas of young people to ensure that transport improvements meet their needs and those of future generations too.”

“This event is a unique opportunity for young people to critique our plans for transport and public spaces and I look forward to hearing how they want Cambridge improved for the future.

“Ideas from the event will be included as part of our long-term plan to improve the city’s transport plans and open spaces, including how more young people can travel by cycling and walking or buses, and enjoy cleaner air and a less congested city”.