29 Nov 2016
On Saturday 24th September, Design Circle hosted the event MUD: Metro Urban Density, which was a collaborative exploration into future Cardiff Capital Region Metro sites.
Design Circle, produced a documentary-style film, which aims to capture the conclusions reached during the day.
The event was held to promote creative thinking about the benefits that new Metro stations could bring. This film is presented to be considered by those making decisions linked to the Metro, to encourage them to imagine the biggest and best potential outcomes. The Metro is envisaged as a transport system that will transform the way people travel. It will be the largest transport infrastructure project in the City Region in a lifetime.
Participants were divided into six teams, each allocated a different station site. The task was to visualise a future for the area immediately around the station. Each team spent the morning visiting and analysing their site, its surroundings and its potential. In the afternoon, each team worked together to conceive what could be possible. The event concluded with a feedback session from each team.
The individual sites were as follows:
• Caerleon, Newport, on the Marches Line to North Wales and Manchester;
• Cogan, Vale of Glamorgan, on the Barry Line;
• Nelson, Caerphilly, on a freight line off the Rhymney Line;
• Pontypridd Goods Yard, Rhondda Cynon Taff, on the Merthyr and Aberdare Lines;
• Tredegar Park, Newport, on the Ebbw Valley Line;
• Wedal Road, Cardiff, on the Rhymney Line.