Welcome to MELA, a social innovation enterprise for public spaces.
We put cultural diversity at the heart of ‘Places’ and public ‘meeting’ places, both indoor and outdoor.
Our expertise is in the co-design of public ‘meeting’ spaces and inclusive ‘Place’ identities by engaging with culturally diverse communities in creative ways to empower change, leadership, and collaboration. We work with ‘Places’ – their managers and locals – to overcome barriers to co-existence and to celebrate diversity through:
• Thought leadership and research
• Collaborative Design
• Intercultural Strategy or Masterplanning
• Community Building
We live in increasingly culturally-diverse cosmopolitan cities. Cultural identity plays an important role in the image and functioning of streets, public spaces and neighbourhoods. MELA works alongside people to creatively co-design community-based solutions to the harmonious and democratic sharing of public spaces by people of all backgrounds.
Our mission is to bridge between communities across all generational, cultural, religious, social and economical divides to share creatively in shaping a safe, resilient, and convivial place together. MELA is a Sanskrit word for urban gathering and festival. Melas are joyful occasions for bringing people together in the city spaces and represents what this social enterprise stands for.
We work with built environment professionals, the Police, Local Authorities, Schools, Housing Associations and Urban Developers and other public, private and third sector organisations to strengthen the role of public spaces for community cohesion.