January 2012 Blog Posts (10)

Report highlights the power of community gardening

The review of RHS Britain in Bloom and the "It's Your Neighbourhood" campaign has surveyed over 230 community gardening group on the benefits of improving neglected areas of open space in their neighbourhoods.


The report highlights one neighbourhood in particular that saw improvements in community safety.  Individuals and volunteers felt healthier and safer.  Another project reported that it brought more footfall into their parks and streets.  Their sense of well being and an…


Added by Lucy Empson on January 30, 2012 at 15:49 — No Comments

Brilliant project from Mexico

There is an ongoing discussion here in the City Design Group about how temporary projects might point the way to larger change in Bristol.


Given that a pretty hefty proportion of any city's public space is given over to vehicles, temporary projects could offer an opportunity to reimagine our relationship to public space and the car. In that vein here is a great example of the transformative impact of rethinking how 'car-space' can be used temporarily.




Added by Nat Roberton on January 24, 2012 at 15:48 — 1 Comment

Development Services e-bulletin January 2012

 Welcome to the January 2012 edition of Bristol City Council's Development Services e-bulletin produced by the Development Management and Building Regulations & Standards services 

Contents :-
  1. Updates -Accredited Agents/Planning Duty Rota/Planning Online/Enterprise Zone/Making applications through the Planning…

Added by Development Services on January 24, 2012 at 14:42 — No Comments

What does design mean to you?

To mark HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s contribution to the promotion of UK design, the Design Council commissioned a one-off book of original artworks drawn by over forty of the Prizes’ previous winners, nominees and judges including Sir Terence Conran, Vivienne Westwood, Jeff Banks, Lord Norman Foster, Kenneth Grange and Sir Paul Smith. Here are some of the contributions.......…


Added by Richard Goldthorpe on January 24, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Stoke Park: A New Park for Bristol

Stoke Park on the eastern edge of the city is Bristol’s newest park following the official handover on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. The addition of Stoke Park to Bristol’s parks’ portfolio adds another 140 acres of natural, open space for residents to explore and enjoy......Stoke Park: A New Park for Bristol



Added by Richard Goldthorpe on January 24, 2012 at 13:05 — No Comments

Temple Quarter - new design guidance for temporary uses

Bristol City Council has just published draft guidance on temporary uses for one of the major sites in Temple Quarter.  Plot 3 is one of the first places people see when arriving in the city by train. Its a 2ha site to the north side of the station and is currently being used for car parking.


Temporary uses, some times referred to as 'meanwhile uses', have the potential to become a very exciting feature of the Bristol townscape. From urban beaches to ice…


Added by Julie Witham on January 20, 2012 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Design Council - CABE - Safer Place to Live by Design

Design Council CABE and the Home Office have recently completed this research to investigate the crime experience of contemporary housing schemes, particularly those that would be considered by CABE and the design community to represent good design. The research and case studies can be downloaded from:…


Added by Richard Goldthorpe on January 19, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Death of the High Street

There's been quite a lot about the challenges the high street faces - but rarely is it articulated so well as here


'Supermarkets already have planning permission for around 20m sq ft of new space (that's the equivalent of a further Sainsbury's)' and 'many retailers are changing their strategies in favour of top 50 retail…


Added by george grace on January 11, 2012 at 21:01 — No Comments

The Lark Ascending: Kings Weston

Kings Weston will feature in a new BBC4 programme to be broadcast at 7:30 on the 13th of Jan - this Friday.…


Added by Richard Goldthorpe on January 10, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

BBC Radio 4: Thinking Streets

The streets beneath our feet are getting smart. Pavements are melting into the roads and traffic lights are disappearing. Inspired by the work of scientists and engineers in Holland and Japan, some see this as a revolution in urban design. Part of it is a movement known as 'Shared Space', which promises to dramatically change the way cities look and how we experience them.…


Added by Richard Goldthorpe on January 4, 2012 at 17:29 — No Comments

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