June 2012 Blog Posts (15)

Mapping as a Spatial, Political and Environmental Practice

Here is an interesting interview from the Urban Omnibus about expanding the concept of mapping to give a spatial and visual representation to social, political and technological processes.



Added by Nat Roberton on June 29, 2012 at 12:04 — No Comments

Launch of Trees in the Townscape

A new document was launched yesterday called Trees in the Townscape.  There are 5 Bristol case studies into it, one of which is about the work on Greater Bristol Bus Network (GBBN) which includes images of Whiteladies Road and Hotwells.  The tree replacement strategy and Tree Bristol are also highlighted with photos of recent tree planting in Victoria Park.

Norman Baker MP gave a video key note to launch the document…


Added by Lucy Empson on June 28, 2012 at 10:40 — No Comments

Ten Great Movies for Placemakers

Go to:- http://www.pps.org/ten-great-movies-for-placemakers/ - and see one person's selection of films that illustrate Placemaking principles quite beautifully.

Any suggestions of films that show off placemaking in Bristol?


Added by Stephen Hewitt on June 25, 2012 at 13:32 — No Comments

How urban design can affect ethnic or religious tensions


Dr. Ralf Brand and Dr. Sara Fregonese have studied how culturally ignorant design has intensified violence in areas of religious and ethnic division, while more sensitive plans have peacefully brought people from different backgrounds together.…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on June 25, 2012 at 12:37 — No Comments

BCC Development Services E-Bulletin No 11 - June 2012

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

1) Updates:…

Added by Development Services on June 18, 2012 at 14:42 — No Comments

Nature deficit disorder

As part of the Big Green Week, Fiona Reynolds, Director of the National Trust and Landscape Designer, Dan Pearson, talked about children and adults spending less time outdoors.  Why does this matter to our health and wellbeing?

The initial findings in the National Trust report "Natural Childhood" shows that:

  • Fewer than 10% of children play in wild places
  • Three times as many children are taken to hospital having fallen out of bed than falling out of a…

Added by Lucy Empson on June 18, 2012 at 14:41 — No Comments

Bus Rapid Transit - Plans for the Centre

The Centre public realm element of the Bus Rapid Transit - North Fringe to Hengrove proposals is out for public consultation until 13…


Added by Steve Hardiman on June 15, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Redevelopment plans for the Trinity Centre, Bristol

Have your say on the development

Trinity Community Arts are working on plans to carry out essential redevelopment works to the Trinity Centre. The works will allow us to provide an increased range of services, making the space more accessible, affordable and appropriate for our diverse communities.

We are seeking grant funding to invest in the development of upstairs hall space, including…


Added by Jon Carter on June 14, 2012 at 17:19 — No Comments

Floating Garden takes shape

The new Floating Garden on the boat moored near Castle Park is taking shape.  The compost has been delivered and placed into the new planting beds today, in readiness for the 'ballast' planting.

See how it's progressing on these photos.




Added by Lucy Empson on June 13, 2012 at 16:22 — No Comments

Mobile Forest touring Bristol

If you've passed the front of Colston Hall today you will have seen a couple of dozen shopping trollies each containing an apple tree, intersperesed with deck-chairs. This is the latest pop-up to appear in the city, greening city streets and creating chilled out (uncommercialised) spaces to enjoy the city. Its part of the Big Green Week programme of events. Keep a look out for it as the Mobile Forest is wheeled to different locations during the festival…


Added by Julie Witham on June 13, 2012 at 14:18 — No Comments

Social media and heritage

Article in the Guardian's Local Government Network http://www.guardian.co.uk/local-government-network/2012/jun/11/working-lives-archaeological-officer that covers Design Bristol and our crowd sourcing approach with Know Your Place.

Added by Peter Insole on June 12, 2012 at 20:17 — No Comments

Place-making in Corn Street

If you were lucky enough to be in Corn Street yesterday, it would be great if you could share your photos on Design Bristol. For those that missed it, I've uploaded some of my photos. The entire street was closed to traffic allowing the market to extend down to The Centre and onto the harbour area. Local food producers, vintage clothes, booksellers and craft stalls transformed Corn Street and some of its side streets. Street musicians and performers further added to the street animation.…


Added by Julie Witham on June 10, 2012 at 10:03 — No Comments

Secret History of our Streets

The first programme in the new series revisiting Charles Booths 1886 maps of London began last night.  Starting with Deptford High Street it highlights the changes from the social changes in Victorian London, through the slum clearance of the '60s to the market and shopping street it is today.


Added by Lucy Empson on June 7, 2012 at 14:03 — No Comments

Know Your Place image of the week

This weeks image has been submitted to the site by Ian Haddrell ahead of our Know Your Lockleaze event on June 19th http://www.bristol.ac.uk/public-engagement/events/2012/90.html. It shows Lockleaze Secondary School nearing completion in 1954.…


Added by Peter Insole on June 7, 2012 at 7:39 — 1 Comment

Madrid Rio

Friends of mine have just got back from Madrid and were raving about the new Madrid Rio park. More than six miles long, it transforms a formerly neglected area in the middle of Spain’s capital. Its creation, in four years, atop a complex network of tunnels dug to bury an intrusive highway, also rejuvenates a long-lost stretch of the Manzanares River, and in so doing knits together neighborhoods that the highway had cut off from the city center.…


Added by Julie Witham on June 4, 2012 at 15:20 — No Comments

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