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!
Terry Farrell is conducting the first review into the built environment since the Urban Task Force in 2000. What should he be looking at?
Definitely something to keep an eye on....
Great that Farrell's review of UK architectural policy has an advisory panel that includes philosopher Alain de Botton and Olympic cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick. Both have spoken in Bristol in recent years…Continue
Spotted this article in The Guardian and thought how nice it would be to have something similar at Temple Meads Station.
In a city still disfigured by hundreds of derelict buildings, the Sheffield Tap is a beacon to follow, proving that with investment, time and passion, there is much of the same to be done. Not simply for idealistic or aesthetic reasons, but to create a functioning, economy-stimulating enterprise. The Tap provides £100,000 in rent per year to the railway…Continue
Building for Life 12 has just been launched, and is worth looking at for anyone involved in designing residential neighbourhoods.
BfL12 is designed to help local communities become more involved in design conversations and in shaping development proposals. Its 12 questions provide a structure for discussions between local communities, the local planning authority, the developer and other stakeholders, to ensure that the design of new homes and their neighbourhood are as attractive,…Continue
http://www.bristoldoorsopenday.org/ Horizon House, head office building for the Environment Agency, is to open to the public on Bristol Doors Open Day. Horizon House is in Bristol city centre on Deanery Road (BS1 5AH). It will be open to visitors between 10:00 and 16:00 on Saturday 8th September. Staff will lead tours of the building throughout the day, highlighting many of the green…Continue