Inspiring great place-making
I'm an urban designer in the City Design Group at Bristol City Council. I work with a group of people who care passionately about the city and the design of its buildings, streets and spaces. As one of the creators of the Design Bristol website, I'm hoping the website will put me in touch with others who care about place-making in the city. I'd like to think that over time we can build the website into a really useful resource, and a stimulating place to discuss urban design.
I'm currently working on the Central Area Action Plan. We've been experimenting with crowd sourcing through the web as part of this plan-making process and have recently won an award for our 'Cherish and Change' consultation initiative. This gave participants an opportunity to pin-point on an on-line map parts of the central area that they cherish and parts that they feel could do with changing to improve them in some way. We're hoping to extend 'Cherish and Change' city-wide and will bring to Design Bristol soon.
I'm particularly interested in the animation of public space. I've just got back from a couple of weeks in Barcelona and was amazed about the amount and the diversity of different types of sport that go on in the public realm in the heart of the city. No wonder the Spanish seem to win so many sports tournaments! But Barcelona can't compete with Bristol's street art scene. I've uploaded some photos of the recent 'Bodies in Space' performance which took place in Stoke's Croft/Broadmead/Nelson Street - really quirky!
Visited Royal Fort Gardens (Bristol University) at the weekend and was really impressed with the new spaces that have been created at the top of the hill there, and the new artwork 'Hollow' described as a modernist grotto…Continue
Plans for the Bristol Arena have taken a dramatic step forward as the winning team is…Continue
Where can I find the designs?
You can see the five design proposals and…Continue