Tag Archives: Urban Growing

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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Beauty, form and function: Sheffield and London

Following on from my previous post on the recent TCPA GI conference which had a large number of presentations (around 12), I’m going to focus on the issues and ideas arising from just a few of  these. Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design … Continue reading

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What is Green Infrastructure anyway?

This is the first post of several on the subject of Green Infrastructure, as I recently attended TCPA’s (Town and Country Planning Association) conference entitled ‘Small scale, big impact – retrofitting and enhancing green infrastructure’, which has stimulated a thought … Continue reading

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InspiralLondon re-imagining the built environment #2

This second post unpacks some of Rebeka Clark’s presentation at InspiralLondon Festival in September 2016. Rebecca is the site manager of Stave Hill Ecological Park in Rotherhithe, London, where the Friday events for the festival took place. The park has been … Continue reading

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Inspiring urban gardening project close to Birmingham City Centre: Edible Eastside in Digbeth

I met Jayne Bradley at Edible Eastside on my third Social Enterprise visit. Based in Digbeth, this is a vibrant urban gardening project, with 2 members of staff, on a gated plot of land, running alongside the Digbeth Branch of the Birmingham … Continue reading

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Exploring Makeshift Productions of Urban Space #2

Following on from the previous blog… Tonkiss outlines how these alternative productions of urban space* are not just about making do for the time being, their ‘rigged up’-ness is an integral component of their existence, these projects are pragmatic: they … Continue reading

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Exploring Makeshift Productions of Urban Space #1

During the Urban and Planning Theory reading I’ve been doing recently, I’ve been taken with Fran Tonkiss’s concept ‘The Makeshift City’*. She writes about alternative productions of urban space, where communities and sometimes professionals are attempting to make the city … Continue reading

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