Street Space is a collective of doers, thinkers and collaborators, inspired by the power of community.
Phillippa Banister - Founder Director
Phillippa has over a decade of experience in the fields of community led street design, collaborative design, community engagement, mediation and human centred process design. With a deep passion for this area of East London, Phillippa set up Street Space to work with local residents and facilitate more participatory and people-centred approaches to both new and existing streets and spaces. Determined that 'place-making' and 'regeneration' can be done differently, in a meaningful way that truly empowers local people, Phillippa hopes that through the shaping of the 'spaces in between' the buildings, we can create the conditions for everyday interactions and community to flourish.
Phillippa has a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future, a degree in English and Drama from the University of Birmingham; is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council and a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts. You can find more examples of her work here.
Manisha Pandey - Community Engagement Producer
Manisha joined Street Space in 2019 to lead the coordination of the Love Valence Park engagement and activation programme with local residents and partners. Manisha is a creative facilitator and design researcher with particular expertise in community based health and social innovation projects. Manisha has a Masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology from UCL and is passionate about communities and the people within them as a thriving resource and driver for social change.
Hanna Benihoud - Her Barking Engagement Lead & Maker
Hanna is an artist & architect, running her own interdisciplinary studio that has merged both worlds. Passionate about more than just buildings, Hanna loves to use practical and empathetic skills in real time and engage with people directly. Hanna has most recently collaborated on community design projects in Vancouver and London and describes Her Barking as her dream project, combining art, architecture, making, community engagement and feminism!
Athlyn Cathcart-Keays - Project Lead
Athlyn is a writer and researcher focussed on all things urban and community resilience with a degree in Politics and Sociology from Goldsmiths. With experience of facilitating place-based community engagement projects across London and Copenhagen, she is excited to now focus on Barking and Dagenham. Passionate about creating and experimenting to make streets for people, Athlyn also loves cycle touring adventures, climbing and making things.
Atlanta Serwada - Engagement Assistant
Barking resident and Mum, Atlanta is a passionate new graduate, developing an interest in the wider Barking and Dagenham context and community engagement. Atlanta has recently completed an internship with the Policy and Participation team at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham facilitating focus groups on the theme of ‘Life in Barking and Dagenham’ across the borough.
Manping Chen - Graphic Design Support
Manping is a UI and social designer, interested in social innovation in response to community and wellbeing challenges. Following her masters at Goldsmiths University, Manping has supported Street Space on a range of projects with her expert graphic and social design skills.
We are grateful to our Non Executive Directors who give their time to support Street Space:
Barking legend, poet, artist & regeneration philosopher
Community and media activist living in Barking
Experienced housing & regeneration practitioner with a passion for Barking and Dagenham
Policy, strategy & research and all round problem solver
Spatial planner with a passion for delivering healthy places with almost a decade of experience working in the borough
Local resident, architect, entrepreneur and co-founder of Black Females in Architecture
Sport for community development champion and catalyst for good things in Barking and Dagenham
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