Welcome to Mela

MELA is founded by Noha Nasser, an urban design educator, researcher and consultant with over 20 years experience researching and practically engaging with cultural diversity in cities.

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Welcome to MELA, a social innovation enterprise for social cohesion. We put cultural diversity at the heart of 'Places'.

Our expertise is in engaging with culturally diverse communities in creative ways to empower change, leadership, and collaboration in the co-design of public spaces and inclusive 'Place' identities. We work with Places 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 gathering and festival. Melas are joyful occasions for bringing people together 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 community cohesion.