July 2011 Blog Posts (12)

Bristol general Hospital sold for £6m

Bristol's General Hospital has been sold to developers for more than £6m.

The site in Guinea Lane has been bought by City & Country Group, a company specialising in conversions of listed and historic buildings.

University Hospitals Bristol said the hospital would close in 2012 when the planned South Bristol Community Hospital opens.

The 2.93 acre site was marketed for redevelopment as offices, homes and shops.

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Added by Richard Holden on July 27, 2011 at 17:25 — No Comments

Government seeks views on the draft National Planning Policy Framework

The Department for Communities and Local Government has just published the draft Planning Policy Framework (25 July 2011). To down load the document visit:  http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/draftframeworkimpact

The dealine for comments is the 17 October 2011. A planning reform event is to be held in Bristol on Thursday 15 September 2011.

Added by Julie Witham on July 26, 2011 at 13:42 — No Comments

The Sky is Mine

The Economist has published an interesting interview with Katherine Gustafson about the nature of landscape architecture, the public realm and 'civicness'.

See what you think......The Sky is Mine

Added by Richard Goldthorpe on July 22, 2011 at 13:07 — 1 Comment

Empty Properties and Vacant Land: The Meanwhile Project

http://www.meanwhile.org.uk/

 

"Meanwhile is a philosophy, a policy and a programme of work.

As a philosophy Meanwhile is based on the belief that empty properties spoil town centres, destroy economic and social value, and waste resources that we cannot afford to leave idle. Vibrant interim uses led by local communities will benefit existing shops, as well as the wider town centre, through increased footfall,…

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Added by Richard Goldthorpe on July 13, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Bristol's drabbest street to become a work of art

Bristol's drabbest street to become a work of art

More than 20 of the world's most successful street artists will be painting almost every building in Nelson Street with huge murals in a bid to create Bristol's next major tourist attraction.…

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Added by Julie Witham on July 12, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

Stories from the city stories from the sea

Indirectly related to what I do as a job (wayfinding) I was reading about stick maps the other day here -  

http://www.deconcrete.org/2011/02/02/cartographying-movement/ 

These beautiful structural maps are each unique and provide the user with information on the currents and swells around the polynesian islands. 

Thinking of the curents and swells of city life I came across this exhibition in…

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Added by Nat Roberton on July 12, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

Civic Trust Awards 2012 - applications now open

The Civic Trust Awards for 2012 have just been launched. The award recognises the best in architecture, design,  planning, landscape and public art. The Civic Trust are looking for schemes that are of the highest quality. Schemes must demonstrate that they have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.

 

The closing date for the receipt of entries is 5pm on Wednesday 14 September 2011. For more information visit:…

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Added by Julie Witham on July 11, 2011 at 10:17 — No Comments

St. Paul's Carnival - Samba Band Recording

I've begun making my own recordings of events and spaces around Bristol.

Here is a recording from this year's carnival made on City Road captured on 2nd of July 2011.

Samba outfit - St. Paul's Carnival 2011

Nat

Added by Nat Roberton on July 7, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Listening to the city

More in the sound vein. I really like this - http://maps.google.de/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&t=h&hl=en&msa=0&msid=207872004044598356581.00049f289b419d7d34ec4&z=13

This is a google map of Bonn that identifies listening points in that city, revealing the varied character of its soundscapes.   

Take a look and if you have any…

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Added by Nat Roberton on July 7, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

The world in your ears

I've been doing a bit of scouting around to find online collections of city sounds and came across this brilliant resource. Essentially a collection of recordings from all over the globe but with the extra feature of being able to link these sounds to build a journey from one far-flung (or not so far-flung) place to another. Click on the link and be transported.

http://turbulence.org/soundtransit/

Added by Nat Roberton on July 6, 2011 at 17:17 — No Comments

London Sound Survey

In light of some of Nat's discussions about the soundscape of our city, I thought people might be interested in exploring this website http://www.soundsurvey.org.uk/index.php/london_map/intro/

We will be trying to add sound files like this to Know Your Place as well as enable people to upload their own audio that might include oral testimonies, interviews etc.

Added by Peter Insole on July 1, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

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