Nat Roberton
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Built environment professional

I am an urban designer in the City Design Group with a particular focus on the Bristol Legible City project - The blue maps and signposts you see out and about in Bristol are the most obvious elements of this project. 

Bristol Legible City was initiated in the early 2000's and is a unique concept to improve people's understanding and experience of the city through the implementation of identity, information and transport projects integrated with artists' work.

The project is recognised internationally as best practice in city wayfinding and has inspired similar schemes in other cities including London's Legible London initiative. 

There's lots more information on the project at this website which is a bit outdated now and soon to be revamped.

I have a personal interest in sound environment of the city and what makes Bristol sound unique.

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'Lazy Urbanism' what's your list for a city that works?

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 18:40 0 Comments

Kristen Jeffers making the case for getting the basics right.


The Case for a Lazy Urbanism

International Women's Day

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 11:41 0 Comments

Today the Mayor signs a declaration making Bristol the first city in the UK to sign up to the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life.


Much of the shape and direction of urban design as it is practiced in public life has been influenced by a few key people and of these one of the most promiment, and surely most popular is Jane Jacobs. She challenged modernist orthodoxy and championed…


Last night at The Arnolfini

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 16:18 2 Comments

It's not every night you get Jan Gehl and David Mackay visiting Bristol to talk about how our city could become one of the best places to live in the world.  

Last night's talk at the Arnolfini was focussed on the work the Redcliffe Forum have been doing these past couple of days (and past…


City type

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 11:01 1 Comment

I came across this brilliant website yesterday.


Type City is a collection of typography from across the UK including shop signs, public notices and wall lettering.


Bristol is not represented yet and I can think of a few good examples.

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At 16:29 on October 7, 2011, Katie Lea said…

Hi Nat,

Very much enjoyed the soundwalk last night - great to have a different perspective on character. Thanks to you and Jodie at the Architecture Centre


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