"The whole event was just wonderful, it worked just as you said it would, and I'm very glad you were able to persuade me."
Peter Scutt, Manager of the Whitefriars Centre
When Strange Cargo laid turf in Canterbury’s new shopping centre for the Tour de France event, the response was overwhelmingly positive. This (extra)ordinary patch of grass took on the relaxed atmosphere of a festival or a family gathering with people embracing the similarities between strangers, rather than the differences.
The design of any place dictates its use, often communicating the desired behaviour to the people within it. Thoughtful interventions that change those subtle messages can have a profound effect.
By creating opportunities for contact with a diverse range of people in a safe environment, we can begin to build a sense of familiarity, trust and community.