Tag Archives: Sustainability

The social, economic and environmental benefits of Green Infrastructure (GI)

My interest in Green Infrastructure (GI) (see my three previous posts) in an urban context is in the potential to revalue places differently. That this should be a concern from (combined) social, economic and environmental perspectives. The need to revalue … Continue reading

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Generous responses to researching Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes in Leeds

At the Urban Food Justice launch event Andre Viljoen presented his research on CPULS Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes – the need to develop sustainable urban food production within the boundaries and the edges of cities. He cited case studies from … Continue reading

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Urban Food Justice: planning a new urban growing strategy for Leeds

Since last Autumn I’ve been taking part in a new Leeds-based social platform, Urban Food Justice. This is a research and activist project led by campaigner and academic Chiara Tornaghi. Set up initially as a series of workshops and events/excursions, this … Continue reading

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Creative Transition #2

As part of continuing to think about how to support people to thrive, and not just survive I’m interested in the Transition Handbook notion of re-skilling; where people re-learn how to cook, sew, mend a bike – basic skills that … Continue reading

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Creative Transition #1

18 months ago I read Rob Hopkins ‘Transition Handbook; from oil to dependency to local resistance’ (2008). I found much of the thinking within of real interest in terms of Waymarking’s practice. With the triple crunch (global financial crisis, peak … Continue reading

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Wonderland – St Denis, Paris #3

Ellen Holleman and I made a presentation which suggested an ‘open source place-making*’ approach to regeneration in the area of St Denis. We felt that a range of community development approaches would be successful in a partnership between local creative … Continue reading

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Wonderland – St Denis, Paris #1

In August I was part of a fantastic workshop in St Denis, Paris – ran by international architect’s network Wonderland (www.wonderland.cx) and hosted by artist-led studios Le6B (www.le6b.org) Over 4 days (16-20 Aug) around 16 architects, artists and urban designers … Continue reading

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Time / Bank Symposium, Stroom

On the second day of my visit to Den Haag, Sue (Ball) and I gave a presentation on Leeds Creative Timebank at the Time / Bank Symposium, as part of the wider Stroom programme ‘There, I fixed It’. The other … Continue reading

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Leeds Creative Timebank Workshop Den Haag #2

As part of the preparation for the workshop Sue (Ball) contributed her research and reading around social capital and networks (Sabatini and EP Thompson). Having been involved in facilitating the development of various networks over the last few years, I … Continue reading

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Leeds Creative Timebank Workshop – Stroom, Den Haag

This month I was invited by Stroom (www.stroom.nl) along with Sue Ball (www.maap.org.uk), to deliver a training day on setting up and running a Timebank, based on our experience of helping develop and run Leeds Creative Timebank (www.leedscreativetimebank.co.uk). This was … Continue reading

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