Jennie Savage is an urban designer and social researcher specialising in engaging communities to co-write place shaping, urban design and planning frameworks. She uses community mapping and map making to give voice to individuals and ensure community agency in place shaping. This solution driven approach is enabling and focuses on finding consensus to imagine shared futures, to tell future stories.
Projects take many forms and sit at the edges of design and planning practices. She is lead author of the Winchester Vision 2020-2030, ‘Future Stories’, a collaborative project with residents of BCP, to shape high street renewal, and ‘This is for the Majority’ design guidance for gender inclusivity, made with women and girls in London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Jennie has worked nationally and internationally on projects funded by Heritage Lottery, European Social Fund, The Arts Council and British Council, she was a lecturer and studio tutor at Chelsea college of Art, UAL (2010-2020), Public Practice cohort 2022-2023 and named a ‘Woman of Influence 2023’ by the RTPI. She is currently Public Realm Project Officer at London Borough of Tower Hamlets working in the Plan Making team and writing design guidance on gender inclusion with women and girls in the borough.
Working with women and girls in Tower Hamlets to co-write design guidance for gender inclusivity.
Named 2023 Woman of Influence by the Royal Town Planning Institute for the book, ‘Future Stories’, a strategy for regenerating Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Town Centres.
Public Practice placement 2022-23.
Selected Lecturing Roles:
2009-2020: Chelsea College of Art, UAL. Associate Lecturer on BA Fine Art & Graduate Diploma.
Part of core Year 1 Studio teaching team. Thesis tutor supervising dissertations.
2014-2020: Arts University Bournemouth. Associate Lecturer, M.Arch (Master of Architecture).
Deliver specific modules on Research and Project Development with communities.
Savage, J. (2022) Future Stories (publication Feria Urbanism)
Savage, J. (2019) That Which Flows From This. London: Edgework.
Savage, J. (2017) Fracture Mob. Living Maps Review (Online journal: livingmaps.review)
Miles, M. and Savage, J. (eds) (2012) Nutopia: A Critical View of Future Cities. University of Plymouth Press.
Savage, J. (2009) Depending On Time. Cardiff: pub Safle.
Savage, J. (2006) STAR: A Psycho-Topography of Place. Cardiff: Pub CBAT.
2022-2023- London Borough Tower Hamlets, Plan Making Team. Leading the research and writing of design guidance for gender inclusion in the borough, inputting to the local plan policy and ensuring gender and women’s safety included in the local plan. Supporting Reg 18 public consultation on the Local Plan.
2020-2023- Creative Director, Feria Urbanism. Lead on public consultation and the writing of vision documents and strategy for the regeneration of streets and public spaces. This included leading stake holder engagement, convening meetings, developing design principles and key themes in response to desk-based research, planning and policy documents. Design projects had a specific focus on green solutions and strategies for biodiversity net gain in urban areas.
2010-2020- Theory lecturer and studio tutor, Chelsea College of Art, University Arts London. Lead for a cohort of 35 students at undergraduate degree. Delivered lectures throughout the academic year distilling complex theory and making it accessible and engaging to undergraduate students. Lead several electives, ran studio groups including marking and assessment.
2000-2010– Freelance public artist developing large scale public interventions that empowered individuals to have a voice in local change. (jenniesavage.co.uk)
Talks & Symposiums
2023: National Planning Conference, the value of story telling and co-design.
2023: Review ‘High Streets’, David Rudlin, Vicky Payne and Lucy Montague
2017 Fracture Mob, Living Maps review
2015: Living Maps Central Saint Martins, April .
2014: City Methodologies, UCL May
2011: Broadcast on Reasonance FM ‘Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art’. Jennie Savage/ Peter Cusack Feb
2010: Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art’ In conversation with Dr. Salomé Voegelin at LCC June
2010: Key Note speaker, Sound Lab, PVA. Curated by Marcus Leadly March
2009: Society for European Philosophy conference, 2009.Engage Conference
2009: Sound Diaries Conference, Oxford Brookes University
2009: Walking as Method, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff.
2009 City – Scapers International town planning/ Architecture Symposium (British Council)– Presented various projects.
2009:Nutopia: Exploring the Metropolitan Imagination,
2008: Future sonic , Manchester, presented STAR Radio.
2007- 2010 The Arcades Project: A 3D Documentary, collaborative research project exploring the relationship between Cardiff’s Victorian Arcades to the development of the SD2 shopping centre. Shown as audio walk, ‘The Museum Of The Moment’ and publication, ‘Depending On Time’, The Portable Cinema project- a 3 day film festival and Nutopia, a symposium. Funded by Safle & HLF (£90,000)
2006 STAR Radio, a temporary radio station making factual radio programmes and a spectrum of sound works in collaboration with the community. Commissioned 12 new broadcast works from artists and writers. Shown as an archive at The National Museum of Wales. Funded by CBAT/ CABE/ ESSF (£150,000) Selected by CABE as best engagement project 2006.
2005, Anecdotal City Over 4,000 anecdotes create an online archive navigable via hyper link- a virtual city. www. anecdotalcity.com. The archive was then used to create a bus tour which navigated the city in response to the anecdotes.
Selected/ Curated Projects
October 2022-October 2023– Co-writing design guidance for gender inclusivity in Tower Hamlets (LBTH)
June 2021- April 2022 BCP Future Lab public consultation and book Future Stories. Devised and ran a series of workshops and meetings with local stakeholders in order to write a strategy for high street renewal.
March- November: 2020 devised and wrote the Winchester Vision 2020-2030 (https://www.onegreatwin.com/)
2017-2018 The Fourteenth Seat an architectural installation for Hestercombe Gallery & Gardens.
2016 Sounding City, Commissioned by the Architecture Centre, Bristol.
2016 Guide To Getting Lost, shown at ‘Utopia’ season, Somerset House.
2015 Between Ourselves, public archive & intervention. Funded Arts Council England.
2015 ‘Social Sculpture’, Keiren Reed ArtSway. (curator/ producer)
2014 Fracture Mob// Time To Get Lost, International broadcast and public intervention using The Guide To Getting Lost. A collaboration with stress.Fm (Lisbon) and various venues internationally.
2013 Intermission: A Walk From A-B, 2013. Lisbon Architecture Triennial.
2013 The Agency For Architectural Intervention, solo exhibition Plymouth Arts Centre.
2011 Fables From A New World, Solo exhibition at Oriel Davies Gallery in collaboration with National Museum and Galleries Wales.
2011 Moby Dick- A re-enactment in 4 parts, sound work for rowing boats, Bruekesmusick, Berlin.
2010 a circle, animated film made in collaboration with James Tyson. Shown at TAGATAS, Japan & Seoul Marginal Theatre festival, Spike Island, Bristol.
2010 A Walk From A-Z, a site specific audio work for Lancaster Library. Folly.
2008 A Million Moments, Site specific film made for wireless headphones. Residency g39.
2008 Your Eyes Are A Window, A cinema for the sea, site specific commission, Locws.
2007 Museum Of The Moment// Harrow Road, simultaneous broadcast for wireless headphones. Commissioned by Vital Regeneration.
2006 Heritage Site, Beacon Art Project.
2006 Out In The World: An Exploration Of The View, Audio Guide for the view- Meduse, Quebec City produced as part of a 3 month residency.
2006, Common Wealth Museum, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Australia.
2005 Guide By A Stranger, British Council funded exchange, Morelia, Mexico
1998-2000: University of Wales Institute Cardiff. MA Fine Art.
1994-1997: University of Wales Institute Cardiff. BA(Hons) Fine Art.
1993-1994: Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design. Foundation Art & Design.