We went to the site for the first time on Tuesday the 18th of September. We began the day by deciding to work as one big group of 24, whereas initially we were assigned into smaller groups of 6.
We decided to work as one big group as it meant that we together had formed a community amongst ourselves, which tied in quite well with us focusing on the community in Calton as a whole. From this we were better able to understand the issues and problems communities have.
First thoughts surrounding the area upon our visit: cold, non-existing, silent, empty, grey, ugly, shit, desolate, outdated, sad.
The area is extremely empty on a Tuesday – midday. We know the market is only up during the weekend, so we will head back then – as the market is the heart of the community.