In 2012, England implemented ‘The Social Value Act’ demanding positive social, economic and environmental impact for public schemes. In Wales there was no such policy until 2015, when the ‘Wellbeing of Future Generations Act’ was implemented. It emphasises the need for value to be defined beyond monetary measures, but by the qualitative benefits to all communities and the environment, empowering the impoverished and the marginalised. The organisation acts as a facilitator for collaboration between public bodies.
With this idea of evidencing the less physical definition of value, our booklet aims to act as a means of documenting the less tangible qualities represented strongly by The Sustainable Studio, a creative collective on the brink of being relocated from their home in Butetown, in the midst of the wider economic regeneration of Cardiff.
This is not an isolated experience. There is widespread removal and relocation of creative spaces in Cardiff – sometimes swiftly replaced with clean maker spaces that do not cater to the characteristic messiness of many creators. Other times replaced with student accommodation, hotels or residences that eradicate the evidence of creative economies. This trajectory for Cardiff is concerning. It became critical to evidence the overlooked richness represented by its people and places, embodied in the Sustainable Studio.
In documenting value within The Sustainable Studio, we questioned what was valuable to them as well as the values they represented as individuals, collectives and wider communities. As such, the booklet is structured in a way which discusses the struggle between creative communities, the council and developers. It introduces The Sustainable Studio and then, through policy and practice, evidences the values they represent at all scales. We distilled our narrative to focus on three key values which were nuanced enough to represent the social, physical and economic strengths of the organisation. These are Adaptability, Reuse and Inclusion.
ACCESS TO THE VALUE BOOKLET: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/63041582/final-value-booklet