February 2012 Blog Posts (11)

Now that's what I call a conservation area

A really, really big cinemagraph of Stokes Croft, Bristol acts as the backdrop of the video for Tanya Lacey's brand new single "Born To Fly".  Stokes Croft looks great – and the music is quite catchy.



For those who don’t know, Tanya Lacey is a Bristol singer of English and Antiguan descent. She signed to the record label Sony…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on February 28, 2012 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Bristol Green Doors is back, bigger and better than ever for 2012

Bristol Green Doors, for anyone who still doesn't know, is the UK's biggest and brightest open homes weekend for sharing learning about energy efficiency and renewables for our homes.

The event, running both Saturday 17 and Sunday 18th March 2012, is hugely enjoyable and rewarding and this year there are opportunities for taking part - even if you don't feel your home quite qualifies as eco enough!

Event Stewards support householders at their homes during the weekend.  It's…


Added by Mark Leach on February 28, 2012 at 10:04 — No Comments

The completed Filwood Broadway Framework has been endorsed locally

The local representative group, Community in Partnership Knowle West, has endorsed the completed Filwood Broadway Framework.  Bristol City Council’s City Design Group has worked alongside local residents and the police to produce the document.  The Framework will pave the way for major changes…


Added by City Design Group on February 27, 2012 at 10:09 — No Comments

Stokes Croft - City road corner site planning application

The planning application for a landmark public art/landscape scheme on the corner of City Road and Stokes Croft has now been submitted.



Added by Vicky Welchman on February 22, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Finzels Reach - development well under way

In my role as City Archaeologist, I have been fortunate in being able to visit one of the most exciting development sites being built in the city - the old Courages Brewery which closed in 1999. I thought that I would share some photos with you which show the development as it progresses.…


Added by Bob Jones on February 21, 2012 at 13:40 — No Comments

HomeWise - Better homes for Britain - call for evidence

The Future Homes Commission has been tasked with conducting an inquiry into the quality of newly built housing with the aim of understanding how people live today, what they need and expect from their homes and whether the design and delivery of new homes is fit for purpose.

The Commission, chaired by Sir John Banham, former Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has now called for evidence from the public, housebuilding industry, architects, academia and…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on February 21, 2012 at 12:49 — No Comments

How To Retrofit The Suburbs to Increase Walking

Researchers look at the largely suburban South Bay area of Los Angeles to offer ways to retrofit auto-oriented suburbs for more pedestrian travel.

"Researchers have spilled much ink debating the feasibility of alternatives to car travel, but have focused less on how suburbs built for the car might be transformed to accommodate…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on February 21, 2012 at 12:37 — No Comments

The Threat of Poor Urban Design to Public Health

Scott Carlson profiles the work of Dr. Richard J. Jackson, chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA's School of Public Health, one of the leading voices calling for better urban design for the sake of good health.

For much of the past decade, Dr. Jackson has been trumpeting the connection between urban design and many of…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on February 20, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

The Urbanism Awards - what places would you nominate?

You may be interested to know that the Urbanism Awards 2013 are open and The Academy Of Urbanism are encouraging nominations.  So, why not take a bit of time to nominate places from the UK and Ireland (+ mainland Europe for the City category) for an award?  Think about:

What places would you like to see recognised?

What places are offering potential lessons in good urbanism?

The Urbanism Awards seek to disseminate lessons in placemaking at the level of the City, Town,…


Added by City Design Group on February 17, 2012 at 17:39 — No Comments

How To Revitalize A Struggling Neighbourhood In Six Months

I don't think this would work everywhere, but perhaps in Stokes Croft or Old Market? Elsewhere? 


Popuphood, a project aiming to dramatically revitalize the Old Oakland neighborhood by offering six months of free rent to five retail establishments on one…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on February 2, 2012 at 12:23 — 1 Comment

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