Port Erin will organize a set of activities to initiate a discussion with residents (and non-residents as well) about its public spaces.
First is a pop-up stand on the Port Erin Railway station where people can stop to express their opinions, ideas and wishes for the future public spaces of Port Erin. These are, for example, streets, squares or parks.
The urban designer Betty Laurincova will lead this discussion while creating a collaborative drawing of the ideal public space.
Do you think every public space needs an ice cream stand? An urban garden or a fountain? Please stop by, and tell us. All ideas are welcome, and the motto is that there are no bad ideas.
The Pop-up event will run in two sessions, the morning one on the 28th of February and the afternoon one on the 1st of March at the Port Erin station.
The second activity is a traditional online survey. It is open for everybody with some multiple-choice and open-end questions. Again, all ideas and opinions are welcome.
QR Link to survey
And the third and probably most exciting and engaging is a public competition addressed to everybody from zero to high school. We are looking for an artistic interpretation of what a good town square looks like to you. You can play a town planner and landscape architect and create your town square. Take inspiration from your recent holiday or travels, locally from the island or on social media. Inspiration is everywhere.
There are no limits when it comes to materials. You can submit a paper 3-dimensional model, a drawing, a digital artwork or a collage. You can draw your square from a bird's eye view as a plan, only activities or furniture you would like to see in your ideal public space.
You can bring your submission to the Port Erin Commissioners at 12 Bridson St, Port Erin, or you can submit a photo or a scan of your work and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is the 28th of April, which makes it a perfect activity to work on during the Easter holidays. The competition is open to individuals and teams. And you can submit as many ideas as you like.
We will have a mixed local and international jury of designers and board members to select the best ideas that the commissioners reward with Visit Port Erin vouchers you can use in shops & businesses in Port Erin. As a result, there will be a public exhibition of these artworks at the Port Erin railway station.Added 22 February 2023