make:good are refreshing to work with, they combine great design and people skills and are hugely motivated to create positive changes. We’ve found them a great organisation to help us to increase arts engagement, they’re quick thinking, likeable and don’t give up. As a result we’re working with them this year too!
Catherine and her team brought a genuine local commitment and dissolved the interface between the project team and the community so that the discussions matured from “us and them” into about what “we” needed to achieve together.
Bow Arts helped developers produce a Public Art and Wayfinding Strategy for Aberfeldy Estate in east London. make:good were engaged as creative designers to lead the commission. Their community conversations weaved a paisley story in stone, metal and wood. Detailed, costed, deliverable specifications prompted landscape architects to say: yes! Procurement discussions were tough but make:good didn’t flinch. Inspiration is now woven into the park and pathways.
We were able to develop our vision of an exceptional sensory play area through continuous dialogue. make:good’s approach to facilitating this complicated project was spot on. They spent a considerable amount of time researching our desired outcome, familiarising themselves with our students and their specific needs and discussing with our staff. We feel that the whole project was developed through dialogue based on mutual respect of each others skills and knowledge. make:good listened to us and were able to turn our vision into reality
It has been a pleasure witnessing make:good’s particular brand of alchemy: taking comprehensive, meaningful and imaginative engagement and forging authentic, beautiful and deliverable design which embeds the new scheme in it’s community and context.
make:good were commissioned to re-establish community relationships following failed redevelopment plans. Through an innovative process, make:good enabled the community to write the design brief, and govern design progression, culminating in an exhibition with inherent public ownership. Through intense political sensitivity, abject and coordinated objection, and fierce suspicion make:good delivered a successful outcome by residing comfortably between client and community, whilst maintaining professional independence, protecting ethical integrity, and fostering personal trust.