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A group interested in the temporary/informal/playful use of public space featuring articles and images of innovative public realm projects.

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Comment by Julie Witham on November 13, 2014 at 13:58

Interesting meanwhile use opening in Clifton in the next few weeks. The concrete shell of the old WH Smiths is being taken over for an ice rink....


Comment by Julie Witham on June 13, 2012 at 11:59

That looks fun! - will pop down this lunchtime...

Comment by melissa mean on June 13, 2012 at 11:40

The Mobile Forest made it from Withywood to the city centre. and is now installed outside Colston Hall. Come and say hello. It will be out and about the rest of the week popping up in different places- if you fancy becoming a Forest Guardian and help it pop up, let me know...

Comment by melissa mean on June 13, 2012 at 11:34

Comment by Julie Witham on June 10, 2012 at 10:59

Really enjoyed wandering down Corn Street yesterday without cars! The street market was fantastic. Melissa- it would be great if you could keep us up to date with other temporary events taking place over the coming week as part of the Big Green Festival. Really interested in hearing more about the temporary (and moving) forest you're creating...

Comment by Julie Witham on February 21, 2012 at 17:37

Spotted this image on the front page of the Guardian - cargo-containers being put to good use rebuilding Christchurch after the earthquake....

Comment by Stephen Hewitt on February 2, 2012 at 12:32

Check out the Playing Out - Bristol and POPUPHOOD videos on Design Bristol website

Comment by melissa mean on January 26, 2012 at 16:01

temporary interventions can certainly get hit by a sledge hammer of different regulations- planning, licensing, event licensing, Environment Agency etc etc. any simplification would be welcome.  As pop-ups grow up and mature as a 'movement", the really interesting questions are around how they can help to change a city on a system-wide basis- that's the real design challenge. the proposals that keith cowling and others are bringing together on the Diesel Depot is really interesting on this front. How can you create a capacity- with supply chains and markets- for large scale urban food production. The idea being that the growing infrastructure is mobile and flexible and can pop up in different sites across the city as they become vacant, but the wider systems of local markets and supply chains are a permanent new kind of capacity. 

Comment by Julie Witham on January 25, 2012 at 13:08

Hi Melissa - Nice to see you on Design Bristol. Its been interesting going back and reading your report on Bristol's Urban Beach. One of the problems the report identified as a barrier to putting on a beach was that the current regulatory system cannot adapt well to temporary or novel ventures. For example, the Beach even though a temporary structure still had to go through as a Major Planning Application and subject to the additional scrutiny and expense associated with major applications. I thought it might be worth highlighting that Bristol City Council is currently out to consultation on a simplified planning process for temporary uses (including potentially a beach) for one of the major sites in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone - Plot 3. Worth keeping an eye on perhaps?

Comment by melissa mean on January 25, 2012 at 11:34

ahhh the beach... pop ups/DIY have certainly hit the big time... the theme of the US Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale is Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good. they are collecting good examples. 


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