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    To a More Ambitious Place: Do we accept the status quo in place? Think piece #2

    By Sir Tom Shebbeare An amateur planner: asset or a hazard? Challenging the status quo by using the tool of neighbourhood planning could involve making amateur planners of us all. But are we an asset or a hazard? I’m 63 and until very recently had never been involved with planning – although the concept of […]

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    To a More Ambitious Place: Do we accept the status quo in place? Think piece #1

    By Samar Héchaimé The question put forth is ‘Do we accept the status quo in place?’ My question is what status quo do we refer to? The status quo that place is intrinsic, characteristic and essentially emerges from our own humanity? Or the status quo that has become so prevalent due to our misunderstanding of […]

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  • Design training

    Urban governance: do current models support our ambitions for great places?

    This blog post was first published on the Future of Cities blog run by Foresight Projects, part of the Government Office for Science The Future of Cities paper, Comparative urban governance, begins with a clear and concise definition: Urban governance refers to the process through which democratically elected local governments and the range of stakeholders […]

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    Is our view of place too short-sighted?

    Is our view of place too short-sighted? On Wednesday 11 February, we put this question to an engaged Bristol audience, who represented the many different faces of placemaking. First speaker, Barra Mac Ruairí, Strategic Director of Place at Bristol City Council,
 kicked off the debate with a yes-and-no answer: Yes, we currently think too short-sightedly […]

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    To a More Ambitious Place: Is our view of place too short-sighted? Think piece #1

    By Katy Hawkins Today we continue to see a trend of one mega structure replaced by another; we go from one quick-fix to the next. This is an approach quite visible in London today, when rather than attempt to rehabilitate what we already have, demolition is often the favoured response; this has been the source of […]

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    To a More Ambitious Place: Is our view of place too short-sighted? Think piece #2

    By Cleo Newcombe-Jones If places are designed to be both people-centric and environmentally resilient it’s difficult to be too short-sighted. However, there can be a gulf between aspiration and delivery – as the performance art that opened Bristol Green Capital 2015, challenged us – how do we ‘bridge the gap’? There is almost total synergy […]

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  • Sheffield Debate 2014

    Do the right people have power in place? A round-up of our Sheffield Debate

    On Wednesday 19th November, we were honoured to be hosted as the inaugural event in one of Sheffield’s newest cultural and creative assets – The Roco Creative Co-op. This innovative project led by Andrea Burns and Chris Hill will transform a row of empty Georgian houses into a new hub for the creative industries in […]

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    To a More Ambitious Place: Do the right people have power in place? Think piece #2

    By Christopher Rowe I define power as the ability to mobilise resources to meet our needs. Since 2008 I have been working in the parish of Colston Milton, which comprises the Milton housing scheme in the north of Glasgow and which sits within the bottom 5 per cent on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. […]

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    To a More Ambitious Place: Do the right people have power in place? Think piece #1

    By Robert Johnson Do the right people have power in place? Who has the power to transform place? As a member of a number of institutions, I recognise that power is traditionally held in the hands of the few, not the many. As a member of North London Citizens and Citizens UK, I am taught […]

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  • Glasgow Debate 2014

    Does practice make perfect in place? Glasgow debate round up

    “Places are what happen when you’re busy doing other things,” Pauline Gallacher told us at our Debate in Glasgow titled Does practice make perfect in place?. Pauline, recently confirmed as Convener of the Scottish Community Alliance and previously of the Neilston Development Trust, talked of the collision of ritual and conviviality in place – the […]

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