Bountiful Bristol Bulletin

Some events at the Architecture Center. by nadiacatkinhillman
March 26, 2008, 5:33 pm
Filed under: media, peak oil, Urban Design


Designing sustainable neighbourhoods
Exhibition: Main Gallery
20 March ­ 8 June, 2008
Like them or loathe them, the ‘leafy suburbs’ are where the vast majority of
us live. But challenges such as housing shortage and climate change mean
that the suburbs face potential radical change. Can we respond by creating
neighbourhoods that are low-carbon, healthy and happy places to live?
This thought-provoking exhibition sets out the key issues and asks how we
might make outer urban areas more sustainable.
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Planting Places – cultivating urban greenspace by nadiacatkinhillman
January 21, 2008, 11:58 am
Filed under: food-growing, free space, gardening, Urban Design

“Calling all urban greenspace champions!:
Help us plant the seeds of truly sustainable communities in the South West

Are you someone who recognises the growing importance of greenspace networks in our towns and cities – for health, biodiversity, local food production, low carbon access, recreation and play, sense of place, quality of life…and all round sustainability? Do you have a vision for the ‘garden’ towns and cities of the future? Would you like a stronger voice in debates about the development of the region? Growth plans are set to create lots of new neighbourhoods in urban areas of the South West alongside plans to regenerate many of our existing communities. Continue reading

Community Spaces scheme by nadiacatkinhillman
December 12, 2007, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Funding, gardening, Transition, Urban Design


Community Spaces scheme

Groundwork UK has been awarded £50 million to run a grant scheme on behalf of the BIG Lottery Fund.

The new Community Spaces scheme will empower communities across England to improve public spaces in their local neighbourhoods. Community Spaces will fund a wide variety of local projects to improve green and open space. These may include play areas, community gardens, parks, wildlife areas, ponds, courts and village greens, kick-about areas and pathway improvements.

The community spaces scheme is not yet open to applications. Groundwork UK anticipate that Community spaces will be launched in Spring 2008.

Community Spaces will make grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. In addition they will make a small number of larger grants of up to £450,000

In the meantime, to be kept informed of developments on the scheme please visit their website:

Designing Shared Streets Talk: Thursday, September 20, 18.00, £ 5 by nadiacatkinhillman
September 13, 2007, 8:37 pm
Filed under: Urban Design

In celebration of Urban Design Week 2007, The Architecture Centre presents two events that explore a range of issues relating to urban design including: community, sustainable transportation, shared use of space and collaborative approaches to the urban design process…

Join a lively and inspiring discussion about redesigning our streets to strike a balance between pedestrians, cyclists and traffic to create safer and more enjoyable neighbourhoods.

Alexandra Allen (Liveable Neighbourhoods, SUSTRANS) and Benjamin Hamilton-Baillie (architect and urban designer) will share their experience and open the discussion to your questions and comments.  Booking is essential.