November 2013 Blog Posts (9)

Our Place project report and user guide

The report on the Our Place project is now available for download from the link below.

This English Heritage funded project has been delivered by City Design Group in partnership with Richard Guise of Context4D.

The aim of the project was to develop and test a character mapping toolkit that…


Added by Peter Insole on November 29, 2013 at 10:39 — No Comments

The Politics of Architecture -

"The Politics of Architecture" - Series of 3 programmes on BBC Radio 4 - listen now/listen again - 

9:00am on Tuesday mornings - Jonathan Glancey investigates the forces that shape the design of our everyday buildings.

In this first episode, Jonathan visits an example of what he calls 'anywhere architecture' - a decade-old housing estate outside Ely.

In the…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on November 26, 2013 at 9:56 — No Comments

Walking Interconnections -

I have just been to an interesting event about the Walking Interconnections research project led by the University of Bristol, which rasies a range of issues about how we planand design the built environment and how accessible it is.…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on November 25, 2013 at 18:31 — No Comments

Healthy people, healthy places: building a healthy future

Improving health through better planning and design.

Public Health England (PHE) launched their "Healthy people, healthy places: building a healthy future" programme on Wednesday 13 November 2013.

Helping to improve the nation’s health through better planning and design to reduce the impact of a poor physical and natural environment is a PHE priority.

Incorporating physical activity into everyday life, such as brisk walking and…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on November 22, 2013 at 18:55 — No Comments

Public Health and Landscape: Creating Healthy Places

A new position statement, 'Public Health and Landscape',  has been published by the Landscape Institute.

With rising health costs (the NHS's share of GDP has risen in the past 50 years from 3.4 per cent to 8.2 per cent), investing in landscape in ways that can influence public health is cost effective.…


Added by Richard Goldthorpe on November 14, 2013 at 14:55 — No Comments

Five of the Best for 2013

Out of 18 nominations, the five winners of the Bristol Civic Society Environmental Awards for 2013 were:


1. Whiteladies Road - public realm and bus improvements


2. Lakeshore, Hartcliffe - the residential conversion of the listed former Wills HQ office building


3. Piper Lane/Trenchard Street - new student flats opposite Colston Hall


4. Ambra Vale/Hotwells Road - new curved building on the corner


5. Bristol Art…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on November 12, 2013 at 12:06 — 1 Comment

Bristol City Council Development Services E-Bulletin - November 2013

Welcome to the November 2013 edition of Bristol City Council’s Development Services E-Bulletin

1)   Updates:

  • Paying planning and building regulations fees -  We have now been receiving payment online and by phone for planning and building regulation applications for a while now, and during the last quarter (July to Sept) 39% of fees were paid this way.  (29%…

Added by Development Services on November 11, 2013 at 12:04 — No Comments

The secrets of the world's happiest cities

Is urban design really powerful enough to make or break happiness?


This is explored in a new book:  Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, by Charles Montgomery.

Synopsis: Happy City is the story of how the solutions to this century's problems - from climate change to overpopulation - lie in unlocking the secrets to great city living. Why are some cities a joy to live in, and others chronically miserable? As award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery…


Added by Julie Witham on November 5, 2013 at 11:28 — No Comments

Bristol, the world's first playable city

Interesting article on how Bristol is establishing an international reputation for a Playable City, describing its roots in the city's Legible City initiative. The article focuses on some familiar projects; Playing Out, Play Me I'm Yours and Hello Lamp Post, alongside some projects I wasn't familiar with;…


Added by Julie Witham on November 1, 2013 at 10:46 — No Comments

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