Our members have been keeping their ear to the ground! Recently two different members have written to us with details of two different urban design events, for non-specialists, within travelling distance of Acocks Green. Either of these events should provide a lively, informative, experience where you can learn more about the current street design thinking, and about the broad design ethos of Acocks Green Focus Group. On costs, the good news is that at £5.00 in the case of one and £10.00 in the case of the other, even in these economically difficult times, neither is set to break the bank.
On 13 May, at 5.45 pm one of our favourite traffic engineers, Phil Jones will give a talk ‘Quality Streets are for Sharing:
What are quality streets? Are they places for people, for cars or both? Phil Jones will share new thinking on the importance of well designed streets – and will discuss how we can create a sense of place through the streets we use every day.
With 25 years experience in the planning and design of development infrastructure, Phil Jones specialises in achieving synergy between transport planning and urban design, with the aim of creating places and spaces that meet aesthetic, social and functional aims. Part of the team behind Manual for Streets for Department of Transport, Phil is a member of the CABE Space Enabling Panel and MADE Expert Panel member.
Cost: £10 on the door, or pay in advance via PayPal (making payment of £10 to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Venue: School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street, Birmingham B1 3PA
Talking Cities is organised by MADE, Birmingham City University and Birmingham Architectural Association, with support from CABE and Arts Council England.
Secondly, there is to be an event organised by Civic Voice, in association with English Heritage. Street Pride is a series of campaign workshops being held around the country:
Street Pride is focused on the four most widespread sources of street clutter: bollards; signs; posts (including lampposts and traffic lights) and guard rails.
Street Pride builds on the excellent initiatives already undertaken by a number of civic societies and responds to the enthusiasm for addressing the issues expressed during the recent debate undertaken by the Civic Society Initiative. By joining the Street Pride campaign your efforts can make a real difference to reducing street clutter locally and by working together we can produce a national picture which will help Civic Voice make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive.
Over 75 other local groups are already involved and you can also sign up to Street Pride by sending us your details at email@example.com
Campaign workshops are being run in
•Wakefield, West Yorkshire Police Headquarters, 8 May
•Winchester, The Guildhall, 22 May
•Warwick, The Court House, Castle Street 12 June
•London, The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, 19 June
•Manchester, The Briton’s Protection Hotel 26 June
They run from 10.30am to 1.30pm and each is expected to have a practical session on undertaking a street clutter survey in the afternoon. The workshops cost just £5 to cover light refreshments and places are limited to 30 so please sign up here today! To attend a workshop contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0151 708 9920