October 2011 Blog Posts (15)

Arnos Vale Cemetery - English Heritage Angel Award Winner

Joint Winner of the English Heritage Angel Award:  Best rescue of any other entry on the Heritage at Risk Register

English Heritage Angel Awards

The winners in each category were announced at an awards…

Added by Richard Goldthorpe on October 31, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Bristol residents and businesses are being asked to give their views about their local high streets

The City Council's Sustainable Development and Transport Scrutiny Commission is hosting an inquiry on high streets on Friday 11th November to examine best practice in supporting local high streets and making them vibrant and diverse places to visit.…


Added by Julie Witham on October 31, 2011 at 10:23 — No Comments

Making a Better Broadway: Public exhibition of ideas from local people looks into future of Filwood Broadway

Local residents are being encouraged to comment on the latest ideas for improving and regenerating Filwood Broadway as a thriving place for local people. These ideas have been developed by local residents earlier this month during a successful ‘place check’ event, a walkabout and ideas session.  There are ideas about: the location for a supermarket, housing, shops and job and public spaces; including pavements, parking and lighting. 


The ideas were shown at the wider…


Added by City Design Group on October 26, 2011 at 15:42 — No Comments

The Future of Urban Living

Just spotted a series of thought-provoking articles commissioned by The Guardian in association with the Ove Arup Foundation. Articles explore the philosophy of the way we will live in the future. At the heart of the discussion is a challenge to develop new ways of thinking and working, analysing the political, economic, social and technological aspects of the urban spaces of tomorrow…


Added by Julie Witham on October 26, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Bishop Review published this week

The Bishop Review, which investigates the systems of design support in England, is published on Tuesday 18 October. 

The merger of the Design Council and CABE, coupled with legislative changes to the planning system, provides a timely opportunity to rethink how best to support good design in the country.

The review, which was commissioned by the Design Council and undertaken by Peter Bishop, Chair…


Added by Richard Goldthorpe on October 17, 2011 at 8:49 — No Comments

Signing the way: traffic signs policy review

Department for transport have published their review of traffic sign policy which should help significantly reduce street clutter. See what you think.....Signing the Way



Added by Richard Goldthorpe on October 17, 2011 at 8:41 — 1 Comment

A new collection of historic images for Know Your Place

We've just added a new collection of images to Know Your Place.

These are from a survey of industries along the Floating Harbour that was carried out by the Port of Bristol Authority in the 1920s. They have been provided to the site courtesy of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.…


Added by Peter Insole on October 13, 2011 at 16:23 — No Comments

Local Green Infrastructure Guidance

Some new guidance on Green Infrastucture (GI) from the Landscape Institute aimed at inspiring local decision-makers and communities to make the most of their land, while helping wildlife to flourish, reducing flood risk, providing green open space for all, and delivering a wide range of economic, health and community benefits.

Find it here:  LI Local Green Infrastructure …


Added by Richard Goldthorpe on October 12, 2011 at 12:37 — No Comments

Know Your Place on Radio 4

I gave a brief interview about Know Your Place for BBC Radio 4's Making History programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qxrc

The interview will be broadcast on Tuesday 11th at 3pm.

Added by Peter Insole on October 7, 2011 at 9:57 — No Comments

Street improvements by a community in Easton

This is an example of a local community making improvements to their public realm. http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/Celebrations-residents-reclaim-community-square/story-13461912-detail/story.html

It will be interesting to see how this is maintained, but there will be some immediate benefits to the community at a relatively low cost.

Added by Peter Insole on October 6, 2011 at 9:13 — No Comments

Pop-up city

With times being hard and financial resources short there seems to be an increasing movement towards creating low-cost and imaginative projects around the informal use of public space.


Here is a list of seven projects for transforming city streets and spaces from around the world.


Which is your favourite?


1) Pop Up Parks in San Francisco:…


Added by Nat Roberton on October 5, 2011 at 15:37 — 1 Comment

What are the global best school buildings?

How can design and architecture improve the quality of education?

"Design for Education.  Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities" is an annual showcase of buildings and schoolgrounds of nurseries, schools and universities worldwide.  The schools chosen have classrooms without walls; trees indoors; shallow pools to reflect and join the inside and outside; and buildings that link urban streetscapes with the modern classrooms.  Buildings in Chile, Australia, America, South…


Added by Lucy Empson on October 5, 2011 at 14:53 — No Comments

Did design contribute to the riots?

Interesting analysis on where riots toook place in London - and where they didn't - by Space Syntax. Does it explain why they spread to some cities (eg Manchester, Salford, Birmingham) and not others (Newcastle, Leeds, Glasgow)?




Added by Stephen Hewitt on October 4, 2011 at 16:52 — No Comments

Sounding Out: Bristol

Sounding Out: Bristol

The Architecture Centre, Narrow Quay

Soundwalk: Thursday 6 October, 17:45 £5/3. Booking essential as places strictly limited

Join us for a soundwalk around the centre of Bristol. This silent listening walk will be followed by a group discussion about what we’ve heard and the aural characteristics of Bristol. Nat Roberton and Peter Insole of the City Design Group will discuss the role that sound…


Added by Nat Roberton on October 4, 2011 at 10:37 — No Comments

Know Your Place exhibition now open at Create

Our exhibition that had a successful run at the Architecture Centre has now moved to the Create Centre until November 5th.

Added by Peter Insole on October 3, 2011 at 14:26 — No Comments

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