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Game On! 7 Fun Examples of Playful Placemaking

June 23, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Park – and slide?

Alan Cameron shares some of his favourite urban interventions that bring out the youth in him.[read more]

In Praise of Things Public

April 13, 2015 by Glenn Vowles

Public, and the Public Good

Things that are public are available to everyone. If they are truly public that is. This makes it a positive, valuable, powerful, democratic idea. Take for instance: public health, education and social services; Bristol’s excellent public parks and open spaces; public meetings; and public rights of way.[read more]


What Has Being Europe's Green Capital Done for Copenhagen? And What Might Bristol Expect?

December 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest in a specially-built environmentally sound arena: Copenhagen's greatest moment in 2014?

The crown for the Green Capital City of Europe passes this week from Copenhagen to Bristol. So what has being a green beacon done for the Danish capital city, and what might Bristol expect in the year ahead?[read more]


Smart City Tech is Not Yet Living Up To Its Promise to Solve Environmental Problems

December 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

The EIC study looked at 10 British cities as well as others around the world.

A new report into whether ‘smart’ approaches can offer cities more efficient ways to tackle entrenched environmental challenges finds a disappointing lack of evidence that they are making a difference.[read more]


Bristol Takes Steps Towards Becoming the UK's Second One Planet City

November 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

One planet living has ten principles.

Next year Bristol is to be Europe's Green Capital City (this year it is Copenhagen). A partnership of 600+ local organisations is considering using the energy generated by this to launch a proposal that Bristol adopts the target of becoming a One Planet City.[read more]

The Air That I Breathe

November 3, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Urban Air Quality

Each year the official figures show that 29,000 people die prematurely in our country because of air pollution, equating to hundreds of people in Bristol. Second only to smoking as an environmental cause of death. Up to one in five of all lung cancers are caused by air pollution.[read more]


UK's Most Congested City to Get Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Network

September 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Artist impression of part of the scheme

Work should finally be getting underway soon for Bristol's £200 million ‘Metrobus’ bus rapid transit (BRT) network, following completion of all the relevant planning applications and an announcement of funding from central government. Bristol was named as the "most congested city in England" in the 2012 Congestion Index.[read more]


How Cities Can Generate Their Own Clean Energy and Create Jobs and Income

July 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Town halls can plug into the clean energy revolution and reap the benefits.

Cities could become the powerhouses of the future, helping to generate much of their own energy, a crucial factor in achieving proper sustainability. New report compares different types of business structure and opportunities for sources of investment and job creation.[read more]


Bristol, Voted Top UK City, is also One of its Greenest. Coincidence?

May 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Bristol has topped the Sunday Times list as the best UK city to living in, citing its “great shopping, great scenery and great social scene”. Bristol also happens to be one of the greenest cities in the UK and next year will be the European Green Capital; is that a coincidence? I don't think so.[read more]


Bristol Artist Turns the Main Street into a Water Slide

May 5, 2014 by David Thorpe

It's fun - is it art?

On Sunday May 4 Bristol artist Luke Jerram installed a giant 90m (300ft) water slide on Park Street in Bristol, UK for members of the public to slide down. This a hugely popular event was oversubscribed by almost 300 times. Jerram is making available free instructions for any city on how to do this.[read more]

Bristol is European Green Capital 2015: And it All (Sort of) Starts Here ...

April 27, 2014 by Paul Rainger

Bristol, European Green Capital

The first warm and sunny days that come around at this time of the year will always get me into thinking about things like the summer of festivals and free events that Bristol has to offer. They play a big part in what makes Bristol the best place to live in the UK.[read more]

New Friendly Garden Share Project for Bristol

April 8, 2014 by Paul Rainger

Bristol Garden Share

A new Friendly Garden Share project is starting up in Bristol, and is looking for neighbourhood co-ordinators across the city. The project puts owners of underused gardens who would like to share their space in touch with local growers. In return the gardener shares a proportion of the produce.[read more]