Think about what changes are needed or wanted
Another key step is generating ideas and identifying solutions for your building. These can range from simple reorderings to larger built projects, such as alterations, additions or extensions. Ideas for changes need not solely focus on physical changes, but may include ideas for developing new collaborations and partnerships which will see new uses in the building, or help expand current activities. While thinking about ideas and solutions, it is important to think about who will be affected by those changes and who can help make (implement) them. Also think about how you will engage others to generate ideas about changes, and understand the implications of the changes, as well as how you will invite others to collaborate in design decisions.
Tools for thinking
This template can be used to record your thinking about the changes that are needed or wanted, but also identify the people who may be affected by those changes and those who may help you realise them. You may print multiple copies so that you have the flexibility to cluster different ideas for changes together.
How to use this tool
You can use the template individually or in group conversations. You will need to decide who needs to participate in responding to these questions and how. So, you may organise a meeting or workshop where people will come together to reflect and respond to these questions. It is useful to use the template in a conversation with the key project/building group and your worshiping community. You may also invite other users of the building (e.g. groups running or attending activities in your building) or other members of the wider community. Remember, in some cases you may not have the answers and other activities will be required to collect views, feedback or evidence for your claims.
Your objective is to generate ideas for changes and understand relationships between those ideas. Ask participants to create some responses (individually or in small groups) and then discuss them. You may look for links (ideas that can be clustered together) as well as conflicts between ideas (alternative ideas, or ideas impacting on others).
Click on the image to view an example of how the template works
These are some resources that can help you progress your thinking. Note that some of these resources were developed specifically for churches, but the information should be useful for all faith groups and denominations.
How to develop your design ideas