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Over half of homes under modern space standards, says report

Article from Planning Resource:

18 June 2014 by John Geoghegan

More than half of English homes fall short of modern space standards, according to a new study.

Research by Cambridge University analysed 16,000 dwellings in England and found that 55 per…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on June 19, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

Bristol secures major Arts Council England grant for European Green Capital 2015 Projects

Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (BCDP) was today awarded a major grant by Arts Council England. The award – £744,564 – is for arts projects that will take place in 2015 as part of Bristol 2015 when the city is European Green Capital.  It comes from the Exceptional Fund for projects that have national and international importance.


The award – the largest yet provided by Arts Council England Exceptional funds – will support six projects in 2015. Each project will…


Added by Aldo Rinaldi on June 18, 2014 at 10:23 — No Comments

Living City: The Anatomy of a Green Capital at Architecture Centre until 10 Aug 2014

Do try and pop in to the Architecture Centre (between Arnolfini and the Youth Hostel just near Pero’s Bridge) to see the current exhibition, it is about  what makes a healthy and sustainable city.

Public health colleagues here and at UWE (part of a Bristol Health Partners Health Improvement Team) have helped with this, it is there until 10 August 2014.

Opening hours

Wednesday to Friday, 11am – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5pm

Closed all day Monday…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on May 19, 2014 at 9:42 — No Comments

The Farrell Review – what next? - Bristol as a test bed

Written by Sir Terry Farrell CBE

Weds 14 May 2014

This week senior representatives from over 20 institutions and agencies involved in the built environment will be meeting at the Design Council to discuss “The Farrell Review: What Next?”. It seems like a good time to reflect on progress so far including a number of potential ‘pilot’ projects which aim to demonstrate…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on May 14, 2014 at 17:03 — No Comments

Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism

Continental shift

The Planner 6 May 2014


If we want to revive the garden city tradition as we meet the demands of a growing population, then we need to turn to Europe, argues Sir Peter Hall.

"It's all about the garden city tradition and how that turned into new towns after World War II. Then how that tradition has gone…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on May 13, 2014 at 15:11 — No Comments

Two reasons urban designers should visit Derbyshire this summer

1. The birthplace of garden cities, by Sir Peter Hall

9 May 2014 by Sir Peter Hall,

Chances are you've never heard of the Derbyshire colliery village of Barrow Hill.

In the unlikely event of you going there, you might not give the barn-like structure of St Andrew's…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on May 13, 2014 at 15:06 — No Comments

Academy of Urbanism - Agenda for Congress 22 - 24 May published

The Academy Congress in Bristol takes place this month on 22 - 24 May. The Congress aims to explore how a progressive approach to place-making can make for more attractive, fun and heathy lifestyles, that also bring prosperity benefits for the city as a whole. You can find out more by viewing the agenda:…


Added by Lindsey on May 9, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

Our Dream Today, Your Dream Tomorrow

Gainsborough Square has been the focus for an exciting new art commission in Lockleaze, to design and build a temporary pavillion and stage in the Square.  The project has been the idea of MUF:Architecture/Art and involved a team of young people designing and building the temporary structures.  They celebrated as part of the Bristol Art Weekender with dancing, singing, sports, games - and of course, relaxing in the sunshine after all their hard work.  Look out for more changes to…


Added by Lucy Empson on May 7, 2014 at 18:33 — No Comments

The RTPI welcomes Farrell Review recommendations

The Farrell Review of architecture and the build environment has been well recieved by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Cath Ranson, President of the RTPI, said of the 60 recommendations: “The Farrell Review is a vital contribution to fresh thinking around the…


Added by Lindsey on May 7, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Hauser & Wirth Somerset … the next Guggenheim?

By summer 2014 a somerset farm will have been transformed into a futuristic gallery and education centre. The contemporary gallery Hauser & Wirth Somerset could well be the next big thing in the art world. Read more about how Durslade Farm in Bruton in Somerset is being put on the international stage for both contemporary art and cultural tourism in this interesting…


Added by Lindsey on May 6, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Bristol named as Britain’s best city to live in

Interesting article in the Guardian about Sunday Times profiling Britain’s cities as part of its Best Places to Live in Britain report. With Bristol named as the best city in the UK to live in, thanks to its “great shopping, great scenery and great social scene”.


Find out more by reading the full article...

Added by Lindsey on May 6, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

George's Ideas Lab

As part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas, you might be interested to hear about George's Ideas Lab. These are ideas that people have come up with for the city and over 300 ideas and thousands of comments and ratings have been posted.

Whilst this pilot lab is now closed to further ideas, some of the ideas from people about the city will be discusssed with the Mayor and the Assistant Mayors in early summer. Visit …


Added by Lindsey on May 6, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Crowdfunding urban projects

Interesting article in the Guardian which explores the growth in the crowdfunding of urban projects such as bridges. It mentions a crowdfunding website SpaceHive which is involved in the Park and Slide project, a giant (temporary) water slide for Park Street.



Added by Julie Witham on April 29, 2014 at 8:54 — No Comments

Bristol City Council says farewell to five of its Place Makers

In the last few weeks, five of our colleagues in the City Design Group retired. Tina Speake, Richard Holden, Kingsley Fulbrook, Steve Hardiman and Jawahar De Sousa have between them clocked up a massive 103 years with the City Council.  Over this time, they have made significant contributions to a range of developments…


Added by Julie Witham on April 17, 2014 at 14:24 — No Comments

Urban planning could change driving behaviour

Car use could be reduced through careful urban planning, according to the results of a new German study. By combining data on driving behaviour and high-resolution satellite imagery, the researchers show how patterns of land and car use are connected.

Cars are a major source of…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on March 27, 2014 at 13:32 — No Comments

New national planning practice guidance aims to promote health and reduce inequalities

Public Health England welcomed the Department for Communities and Local Government’s National Planning Practice Guidance (published on 6 March 2014), which recognises the importance of local planning in the development of healthy communities.


Nick Boles, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning, announced the guidance which supports the National Planning Policy Framework and includes a…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on March 26, 2014 at 17:56 — No Comments

City Beaches Recomendations

Its been seven years since Bristol hosted its own urban beach. Held on Redcliffe Wharf in the summer of 2007, the beach was a real success. There is a rumour that a beach might be coming back in 2015. If in the meantime you're looking for a city break where a beach is on offer, here are a few tips....…


Added by Julie Witham on March 18, 2014 at 11:28 — No Comments

Bristol Old Vic gains planning approval for foyer revamp

At their February meeting, BCC's Central Area Planning Committee gave full planning and listed building consent for a major £12million project to refurbish and modernise the Bristol Old Vic's front of house areas.

See a fly-through animation of the proposed works:…


Added by Hannah Porter on March 14, 2014 at 11:59 — No Comments

Public health: how landscape can improve the health of residents

Planning departments and public health professionals should work together to embed health and wellbeing into local policy

Sue Illman, Sunday 23 February 2014 09.00 GMT


A Dutch study published in 2003 looked at the health of…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on February 26, 2014 at 12:58 — No Comments

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