Due to its dire and complex social and economic challenges, Rhyl has (had) access to millions of Euros in regeneration investment. Sadly, the men charged with the task to imagine a future, fail to deliver anything other than a bleak, empty, urine soaked coastal park and discount retail mall.
But it’s ok. We don’t need to worry anymore. The money has dried up. Our ties to the EU have
been severed. The possibilities and opportunities for investment in our coastal futures have been sacrificed for the myth of better shaped bananas and the nationalistic desire to ‘take back control’. But what happens to Rhyl in a post-brexit reality? How does a community,
This project aims to understand and develop community based futures for economic and cultural development. It engages communities, stripped of power, to present visions of new futures. Throughout the project we will develop strategies, ideas and possibilities with the people who rejected a European future. The project proposes a form of economic and social speculation that aims to re-imagine regeneration in a post-brexit Britain.
The project links to and builds upon the research project ‘the illegal town plan (itp)’ to disseminate and evolve the research into its next phase; looking for opportunities where engagement in communities can open up new opportunities and directions for design.