A key part of our mission statement is a commitment to promoting an increased public awareness of the built and natural environment.
Since 2011 we have made a special effort to help Doncaster’s young people get a better understanding of the historic qualities of Doncaster’s many towns and villages. But we recognise that the quality of new buildings and places is just as important.
Our planning system welcomes and encourages people to become involved in the development decision-making process.
And increasingly, influential people have some positive things to say about the value of all of us becoming better acquainted with the principles of architecture and good urban design.
“The way in which we shape our physical environment must be taught as early as possible in schools if we are to get across how critical the role of the built environment is to our health and wellbeing – socially, economically, environmentally and culturally. It includes everything from aesthetics and sustainability to “your home, your street, your neighbourhood, your town where the smallest part, your home and your street, collectively make an enormous contribution to the future of our planet.”
The Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment 2014
So we think now is a good time to use our knowledge and influence.
With our partners at the University of Sheffield we have delivered several education initiatives which you can explore in this section.
We see this as a continuous process. We have other education projects in the pipeline which we hope will appeal to Doncaster’s young people particularly.
Our Doncaster: Engaging Young People with Doncaster’s Architecture
The Trust’s education initiative derives in large part from the report drawn up by Dr Lisa Procter of the University of Sheffield’s Research Exchange for the Social Sciences in 2013. The report, commissioned by the Trust, explores the theory, practice and value of engaging young people with architecture and the built environment. It has given the Trust confidence and direction to pursue a wide ranging education programme.
You can read the report by clicking here.