The ‘Rebranding Ruthin’ Vertical Studio of nine first and second year students have spent three days carrying out studies and meeting local people in the north Wales town of Ruthin. As part of the ongoing ‘Ruthin: Market Town of the Future’ project students were asked to analyse the town and identify key areas for improvement.
From a base in Ruthin Craft Centre, students were guided around the town by project client and Mayor of Ruthin Gavin Harris. Denbighshire Conservation Architect Phil Erbrill introduced the history of the area and key regeneration projects, before students offered local reporters their opinions of the town.
Returning to Cardiff, students will work towards an exhibition and public consultation in the town in May. The Vertical Studio aims to generate ideas and start discussions to inform the ‘Ruthin: Market Town of the Future’ project being carried out by Design Research Unit Wales and the WSA funded by Ruthin Town Council and Beacon for Wales.