May 2012 Blog Posts (15)

Community diversity: the value of social interaction in public places

In 2007 the Harvard political scientist, Robert Putnam published a paper stating that ethnic diversity in a community is associated with more mistrust. His paper was influential with governments, both in the UK and the US. In Radio 4's All in the Mind (Chapter 2), Professor Miles Hewstone from Oxford University, talks about his new research which finds Putnam's bleak conclusions about society are wrong......…


Added by Richard Goldthorpe on May 30, 2012 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Reimagining the high street: how empty shops can become community hubs

Empty shops are a symptom of the recession – but they are also the key to a community-focused high street. More here........

Added by Richard Goldthorpe on May 29, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Start the week with Thomas Heatherwick and others

How is a sense of place defined? How public is public space? What role is there for texture, memory and the imperfect in our interactions with the streets, buildings and landscapes that we encounter in our daily lives?


All questions posed and explored during the course of this week's Start the Week. Follow the link to find out more.



Added by Nat Roberton on May 29, 2012 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Beautiful bricks

Peter Wilson, of Bolles + Wilson, recounts the practice's exploration of brick's expressive potential in a series of notable buildings in this interesting article for the Brick Bulletin.

Added by Nat Roberton on May 28, 2012 at 14:25 — No Comments

English Heritage: the Next Steps

At a time of budget cuts, in a speech titled “Next Steps – England’s Heritage” Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, yesterday set out the organisation’s plans for the year ahead. You can read about it



Added by Richard Goldthorpe on May 23, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Space: do you have any spare?

This is a great project...


'Young people crave somewhere to do the things they love - whether

that’s sport or the arts, or both. But finding and accessing the

space in which to do is not always easy. Inspired by the London 2012

Olympic and Paralympic Games somewhere to_.....'

Added by Trisha Jean-Marie on May 21, 2012 at 12:14 — No Comments

Know Your Place image of the week

...and our 400th contribution to the Community Layer.

Image provided by the Kings Weston Action Group.…


Added by Peter Insole on May 16, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Book review - Urban Wildscapes

Since Richard Mabey first published his, at the time, groundbreaking The Unofficial Countryside in 1973 many of the scruffy, neglected and wild enclaves of the natural and semi-natural in urban areas and edgelands have been transformed. This has sometimes been in the name of…


Added by Eddie Procter on May 15, 2012 at 13:20 — No Comments

The Edible City - a visual guide to the potential of urban agriculture

The idea of urban agriculture has spread so widely, you might expect to see tomato plants bursting from every empty city lot.

But in neighborhoods across the country, imagining is about as close as those tomatoes are going to get. Despite its growing cachet, urban agriculture hasn't materialized in many parts of the country. But a growing number of designers are trying to integrate these spaces into new and existing projects to increase access to fresh food in the urban population…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on May 15, 2012 at 9:27 — No Comments

Should Public Art Be Censored?

Langdon's commentary was spurred by recent discussions held at an urban journalists’ forum organized by the Lincloln Institute of Land…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on May 15, 2012 at 8:51 — No Comments

Development Services eBulletin May 2012

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


Added by Development Services on May 9, 2012 at 16:19 — No Comments

Creating Excellence May 2012 newsletter

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Dear Colleague

Welcome to the May 2012 edition of our e-newsletter. It marks a new era for us as we have just moved into new offices in Dennett House, Taunton, as tenants of South West Councils.  Our Website has been simplified, aligning the various aspects of our work under the headings…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on May 9, 2012 at 11:39 — No Comments

VE Day Know Your Place image of the week

Very timely new contributions to Know Your Place.

Two VE day street parties. The first from Marshfield Road, Hillfields that was added following our Know Your Hillfields event. Notice the giant teapot.…


Added by Peter Insole on May 8, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Know Your Place mentioned in today's Wired

Know Your Place is currently a partner for the City Strata Heritage Sandbox project that was covered in a featured in Wired today

Added by Peter Insole on May 3, 2012 at 14:51 — No Comments

Should we have more space for cars or more space for places/ people? #landarch

and do car parks always have to take maximum footprint or minimum environmental consideration? Why do they  look so grim?

Find out here>>>>> Is there a worldwide parking problem?


Added by Richard Goldthorpe on May 1, 2012 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

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