Peter Insole's Blog (40)

Concretopia

John Grindrod’s “Journey around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain” is an essential catalogue of municipal and some private attempts to resolve the issues of housing shortages, new places of work and commerce in the decades after the war. From initial prefabs to tower blocks and…

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Added by Peter Insole on April 11, 2016 at 11:59 — No Comments

Our Inherited City

Towards the end of 2015, City Design Group in consultation with the Civic Society, Neighbourhood Planning Network and Bristol Urban Design Forum produced a heritage framework for Bristol. This document is intended to;

  • promote the values and benefits of heritage
  • define the work relating to…
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Added by Peter Insole on January 20, 2016 at 17:55 — No Comments

Know Your Place bulletin 1

During 2015, the web resource Know Your Place has continued to develop through a series of successful partnerships and collaborations. We have tried to capture the highlights of this work in this the first of a series of regular bulletins about the resource.

Each bulletin will feature new updates to the site…

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Added by Peter Insole on December 18, 2015 at 17:23 — No Comments

Our Place Henleaze

We have just created a draft Our Place Henleaze document that we are circulating for comments.

The document has been created in partnership with the Henleaze Society and intends to define the character and distinctiveness of the neighbourhood to inform any potential future change in the area.

The…

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Added by Peter Insole on December 15, 2015 at 18:09 — No Comments

Time-lapse film shows the removal of the Temple Meads conveyor bridge

Over the Christmas period one of the main eyesores in the Enterprise Zone was removed from Bristol Temple Meads. The metal structure bridging all platforms at the station was built in the 1970s to convey Royal Mail parcels from trains to the adjacent sorting office on Cattlemarket Road.

Since the closure of the sorting office in the 1990s this unsightly steel construction has been redundant. The removal of the bridge improves the visual setting of the Grade I Listed station and is a…

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Added by Peter Insole on January 19, 2015 at 15:01 — No Comments

The Community Is an Urban Design Asset

A very interesting blog post on UBM's Future Cities site features our Know Your Place and Our Place projects as meaningful ways to enable public participation in place making and draws some interesting parallels.

Some of the comments on the blog post make for interesting reading particularly as they vear towards a common blurring of urban design and architecture. There is also an interesting comment about the risk of repeating the same mistakes by studying the old.

See what you…

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Added by Peter Insole on September 9, 2014 at 17:06 — No Comments

Know Your Place wins national Urban Design award

On Wednesday 12th February City Design Group won the Urban Design Group Public Sector Award for the work the team has been doing on the Know Your Place and Our Place projects. The award was the result of a vote that was open to members of the Urban Design Group and is recognition of the contribution these tools make to encouraging greater participation in placemaking.

Richard Guise from Context4D collected the award on behalf of City Design Group at the ceremony in…

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Added by Peter Insole on February 14, 2014 at 18:54 — 1 Comment

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…

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

Heritage Eye smartphone app

City Design Group have published the first City Council smartphone app. Heritage Eye was funded by English Heritage and developed by Calvium software developers in partnership with City Design Groyup and Corporate Geographic Information Services (GIS).

The app enables members of the public to undertake their own Listed Building survey and assess whether the structure is suffering from neglect or abuse. A completed survey can then be…

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Added by Peter Insole on October 7, 2013 at 13:02 — No Comments

Our Place Oldbury Court draft document

The draft Our Place Oldbury Court document has now been completed. This is the result of the continuing English Heritage Our Place project that is developing a toolkit and methodology to enable commuities to map the local distinctiveness of their neighbourhood.

Once finalised these documents can be used by members of the public, planners, developers and neighbourhood teams to inform proposed improvements in a specific area.

These documents directly link to current national and…

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Added by Peter Insole on September 26, 2013 at 10:41 — No Comments

Our Place Whitehall

The draft Our Place Whitehall document has now been completed. This is the result of the continuing English Heritage Our Place project that is developing a toolkit and methodology to enable commuities to map the local distinctiveness of their neighbourhood.

Once finalised these documents can be used by members of the public, planners, developers and neighbourhood teams to inform proposed improvements in a specific area.

These documents directly link to current national and…

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Added by Peter Insole on August 9, 2013 at 14:20 — No Comments

Our Place Westbury-on-Trym

Continuing the Our Place project we have now produced the Our Place Westbury-on-Trym draft document that has been sent to the Westbury-on-Trym Society for comment.

This document is the result of the Our Place mapping event that took place in May and further demonstrates that using this approach it…

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Added by Peter Insole on August 1, 2013 at 12:11 — No Comments

Our Place Oldbury Court Storify

The Our Place community character mapping project has been continuing. The latest Our Place workshops included Our Place Oldbury Court where we adapted the urban neighbourhood notation methofdology to take into account historic landscape features.

As with some of the previous Our Place activities we started with a mappign workshop with a local Primary School, in this case Frome Vale Academy (formerly Oldbury Court Primary). This was followed by a Saturday morning workshop with a small…

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Added by Peter Insole on July 25, 2013 at 11:05 — No Comments

Our Place St Pauls draft document

Following the community mapping Our Place activities in St Pauls in March we have produced an initial Our Place St Pauls document available here as a pdf. …

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Added by Peter Insole on April 12, 2013 at 20:14 — No Comments

Our Place community context mapping toolkit

English Heritage are funding a new project to develop a context mapping toolkit for local communities. In partnership with local groups and urban design specialists, Context 4D, City Design Group will be developing the toolkit through a series of mapping workshops across Bristol.

The first of these workshops has already started in St Pauls where we have been mapping the local area with Year 5 pupils from St Barnabas…

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Added by Peter Insole on February 27, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Bristol from above in 1946

We've added a new layer to Know Your Place. It comes courtesy of English Heritage from their collection of RAF aerial photographs. There are thousands of these images in their collections and we have tried to create a single layer from one RAF flight in 1946.

The majority of this new layer comes from a series of photographs taken on December 4th 1946, however, we have had to…

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Added by Peter Insole on January 14, 2013 at 22:30 — No Comments

Know Your Bristol booklet

Between March and July 2012, Know Your Place and City Design Group were partners with the University of Bristol on a project called Know Your Bristol. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and involved seven road shows at a variety of community venues across Bristol; Hillfields, the zoo, Arnos Vale, Knowle, Kings Weston, Lockleaze and M Shed.

The aim of the road shows was to collect memories and people's personal archives for inclusion on Know Your Place.…

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Added by Peter Insole on December 12, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

A new layer for Know Your Place

We've just added the Hartley Collection layer to Know Your Place.

The collection is made up of (mostly full-plate glass) negatives taken by commercial photographers Veale & Co during the 1930s and 1940s. These plates were abandoned by them when they moved from their Victoria Street premises in the 1960s. They were recovered by Ian Hartley, who brought them out of the derelict building a few at a time. He sold the entire collection to the Bristol Industrial Museum in…

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Added by Peter Insole on September 11, 2012 at 9:33 — No Comments

Know Your Place passes the 500 public contributions mark

With the addition of material from the Know Your Zoo event Know Your Place has now received more than 500 contributions to the Community Layer from members of the public.…

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Added by Peter Insole on July 27, 2012 at 13:06 — No Comments

Know Your Place survey

We are undertaking an evaluation of the Know Your Place resource www.bristol.gov.uk/knowyourplace after what appears to have been a very successful first year of use.

In order to inform how the site might develop in the future it would be very useful to hear from users of the website. We have therefore created a short online survey that I would be very grateful if you could complete.

The survey can be found here…

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Added by Peter Insole on July 20, 2012 at 14:42 — No Comments

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