The Neighbourhood Design project was centred on the De Beauvoir estate in Hackney, East London. The aim of the project was to work with children to explore what features of the built-environment make it child-friendly. The final report rethinks the way in which built environment professionals can design and deliver new neighbourhoods and improve existing ones, through observing, advocating and working with children. The project was funded by the University of Westminster, A New Direction and RIBA and has received much critical acclaim.
Supporting Dinah Bornat from ZCD Architects and Ben Shaw from the Policy Studies Institute, Holly helped to facilitate a number of the fieldwork sessions with the children within the project. She led discussions within the classroom on how children use their neighbourhoods. She also supported walks with the children around the De Beauvoir estate, supported the photography element of the project and helped in the set up of the final exhibition.