Bradford city centre – architectural delights #2

Following on from the previous post, on Bradford city centre and high street. I present some more images of Bradford city centre and it’s public realm. I’m hoping to have time in the next few months to think more about what makes good public space, those outdoor everyday spaces we move through and linger in, from a Bradford city centre perspective.

I’m thinking about what is the relationship between the physical buildings, other structures and the outdoor spaces that they shape?

I’m interested in whether its ‘legible’ – has a clear image and is easy to understand, with recognisable routes, intersections and landmarks?

What are the visual connections between different parts of the city?

How ‘permeable’ is the city – how easy it is to move around and through the city?

I’m interested in what makes Bradford walkable?

And how the city centre changes in terms of its use, movement and activity from day to night?

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All of these questions (and more) inform how we experience a town or city, whether as a resident, trader, shopper or visitor. And the answers will effect how the people of Bradford will shape their city centre and high street for the future.

Image credits: Sarah Spanton

About waymarkingthesketchbook

Sarah Spanton is director of arts organisation Waymarking - www.waymarking.org.uk
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