Tag Archives: Urban

Manchester revisited: the familiar and the unfamiliar #2

Walking around the Northern Quarter, I was reminded of recent conversations I’ve had with dance artist-academics Vicky Hunter, Amy Voris and Emma Meehan and Natalie Garrett-Brown – about recognising and acknowledging our emotional connections to place(s). Vicky described how we … Continue reading

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Manchester revisited: the familiar and the unfamiliar #1

This next two posts are a photo document of my first walk around the city of Manchester after lock-down. From Piccadilly Station, through the Northern Quarter, back through the Piccadilly area. It was fascinating to walk around an area, that … Continue reading

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Creative, community development and facilitation skills for healthy, prosperous, beautiful places – Raynsford Review #5

This is the final of five posts, outlining the TCPA’s Raynsford Review of 2018, and its reframing of the English Planning System, which I think could be both a highly useful discussion opportunity and potentially a practical tool for communities, … Continue reading

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Do we need a new building code and new planning ethical code of conduct? – Raynsford Review #4

This fourth post on the Raynsford Review is about Recommendations 11 and 24 ‘Consideration of a new building code’ and ‘Do no harm’ obligation in built environment professional codes of conduct’. There have been three previous posts one, two and three. … Continue reading

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People-centred, participatory planning, with Local Authorities proactively shaping development towards the greater health and wellbeing of their citizens – Raynsford Review #3

This third post on the Raynsford Review will take a look at some of its other recommendations. The Review makes 24 in total, they interlink to make a comprehensive reframing of the purpose and practice of planning in England. For the … Continue reading

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Is planning about land licensing or a creative practice of shaping places with people? – Raynsford Review #2

This is the second post exploring the Raynsford Review of the English Planning System (see the first post here). The review was undertaken during 2017 and 2018 and the final report was completed in November 2018. During the process of analysing … Continue reading

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Planning’s role could be to ‘positively promote the long-term sustainable development of the nation and the health, safety and wellbeing of individuals’

These next few posts are going to be about the TCPA’s (Town and Country Planning Association) Raynsford Review of the English planning system. In 2017, I took part in one of the Raynsford Review consultations to gather evidence, to enable the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Bradford city centre – architectural delights #1

I have recently visited Bradford city centre on a number of occasions. I’ve been working with partner organisations Wur Bradford and Bradford Civic Society to host an event to begin to explore solutions to city centre issues from the bottom … Continue reading

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Sensing the city; artists, embodiment and urban space #4

This is my final post on the Sensing the City Salon. My colleague, artist and academic researcher Dani Abulhawa spoke about her recent performance work ‘Feint Lines’ as well as earlier performance work. These pieces focus on issues of play in public … Continue reading

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