2Up 2Down in the Media

A Corner Bakery and a Town’s Rebirth

Alice Rawsthorn on 2Up 2Down in the New York Times, November 25th 2012

2Up 2Down, which is named after a typical Anfield terraced house with two rooms downstairs and two upstairs, is one of the new genre of projects that are using the design process to address the type of problems traditionally dealt with by social scientists and economists. Rather than bringing in professional designers to tackle those issues, it is using them to teach residents how to do so, thereby enabling them to drive the process. “If a project like this is going to work, the local people must be responsible for it, especially in a place like Anfield, where they have felt powerless for so long,”

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Bread and houses – Liverpool Biennial pulls off a brilliant mix of art, theatre and social action

Writer Kenn Taylor’s ordinary tour bus to Anfield with photographer Mark Loudon turns into a magical – and very thought-provoking – mystery tour, THENORTHERNERblog, Guardian, 31 October 2012

“It’s rather surreal to be taken on a tour of a city you live in, but then this is quite a different tour. We start conventionally enough, by the Edwardian splendor of the Cunard Building  at the heart of  Liverpool’s regenerated waterfront, but soon we will be heading to the other side of the city – and the other side of Britain. After we pile into the minibus, our tour guide Carl Ainsworth announces that we’re heading for a district in the north of the city, Anfield. The word for many means solely the home ground of Liverpool FC, but Anfield is also one of the city’s oldest residential districts.

Welcome to the Anfield Home Tour, part of the Liverpool Biennial  the UK’s largest visual arts festival. The arts in Liverpool have always had something of a social conscience, and the Biennial is no exception; we are not heading to Anfield to look at football stadia or recently restored  Stanley Park but to learn about housing, community and  regeneration.”

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Custom and Community Building – Disruptive Innovation

By Chris Brown Monday, 28 May 2012

“ In particular the CLTs shortlisted for awards were incredibly inspirational. The first award went to Home Baked in Anfield which I was lucky enough to visit a couple of weeks ago and they were just one of the many groups that are delivering housing for local people and huge amounts of community cohesion, happiness and well-being around the country. Group custom build, whether affordable by CLTs or market by CLTs or other groups feels like an idea whose time has come.”

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Community Land Trust Awards 2012. Winner: excellence in community engagement

“Homebaked CLT started 2 years ago. They are based in Anfield, Liverpool, an area of significant housing dereliction and deprivation. There have been many failed attempts to regenerate the area, so local residents have taken matters into their own hands. The CLT will bring an old bakery back into use. 40 young people have worked with the architect to model the new homes; many of them have attended construction skills taster courses at the local college, and will become apprentices when work begins on site. Expert speakers have come from across the UK to address local residents, covering everything from community bakeries to food growing, to design a bespoke CLT for Anfield.”

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 2012 CLT Annual Conference goes down a storm in London

“On 22 May 2012 over 130 delegates gathered for the 2012 CLT Annual Conference at the Savoy Place, London. This year’s conference focused on how to make the opportunities presented by the Localism Act a practical reality. Delegates heard from and debated with inspiring speakers on a range of topics, including the Community Rights, partnership with local authorities and housing associations and urban CLTs, and, at the new CLT awards, joined the Network in celebrating the achievements of communities across the country.”

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Liverpool Biennial 2Up 2Down

As I write this I’m sat in Mitchell’s Bakery on Walton Breck Road in Anfield. For those who know about football, this will bring images of a certain football club to mind (I however know nothing about football so the only reason I know I’m by Liverpool Football Club is because I’m sat by a window where I can see the  ugly football metropolis that is their stadium up close). Other than football though, what comes to mind when you think of Anfield? It’s an area full of contrasts that’s for sure. While expensive cars of overpaid footballers trundle into the stadium, they drive through an area that’s been kicked while it’s been down more than once. Many of the streets around the stadium are full of derelict houses, the roads are full of pot holes and are bumpy, people are walking around with a look of despair as they see rows and rows of empty houses where once a whole community lived and thrived. Some roads even house only one person.”

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Thanks to Adam Scovell and Dani Telford from LSMedia.