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Granby Turner Prize

Dec 7, 2015 by

Turner Prize – truth behind the Toxteth terraces. This is our Granby backstory.  It features in Assemble’s beautiful Turner Prize 2015 catalogue – click here for a PDF: 15-10-07s Assemble Granby Turner Prize Workshop Catalogue Why were the Four Streets emptied out anyway? A Granby back story…. By Jonathan Brown MRTPI, Share the City.org September 2015 Granby’s Prince’s Park district in Toxteth, Liverpool 8...

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Cunard Back Where it Belongs
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  Author Peter Elson sails on the Queen Mary 2 in this guest piece to celebrate the launch of our Land Cruise Liverpool tours – entertaining educational explorations of Merseyside’s Maritime history (take a look at our tour Testimonials).   Cunard Back Where It Belongs. . .by Peter Elson   BACK in the 1960s, Cunard Line and the Beatles were twin totems of Liverpool lore....

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Liverpool City Profile
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Liverpool City Profile

Jan 16, 2014 by

Academic paper published in international journal ‘Cities’.  We argue that Liverpool is an ‘urban archive’ that many global cities can learn from, thanks to its extreme experiences of growth, decline and recovery. The highly varied civic responses to these challenges can be seen in its planning, architecture, culture and governance. Liverpool’s exponential commercial expansion was akin to today’s booming Chinese cities.  Its post-industrial crisis...

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Liverpool Welcomes the World – Liverpool tourism
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Liverpool has always looked out to sea – and now the world is returning to the Mersey waterfront, as the city climbs into the top 5 UK city destinations for overseas visitors. Visit Liverpool and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) recently hosted an inspiring event at one of Liverpool’s most spectacularly rescued landmark buildings, the 1889 Florence Institute – a Victorian gem universally known as ‘the Florrie’, a...

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Liverpool-Paris Urban Rail Group – Pulling the Right Levers
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Published urban rail paper with Dr. Olivier Sykes and Professor Ian Wray, transport and development experts at Liverpool University’s Department of Civic Design.  It appeared in the February 2013 Town and Country Planning Association journal.   ‘Pulling the Right Levers’ is based on proceedings of the 2nd Liverpool Paris Rail Group, hosted by Dr. Sykes on November 29th/30th 2012.  We compare the role of urban rail in development on either...

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Everton Park – Liverpool’s Parc Guell: Memorial to a Lost Metropolis?
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The beautiful sandstone ridge that overlooks central Liverpool and the Mersey from Everton Park is a place to contemplate.  There can hardly be a city district on earth that has experienced such intense waves of change, time and again, hammering the cliff face into unrecognisably different shapes.   These waves of change began around three centuries ago, and accelerated in intensity, violently reshaping the...

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George slays the Demolition Dragon
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Breaking news from the Architects Journal, quoting Share the City – TV Architect George Clarke, the Government’s official Empty Homes adviser, is to formally object to Plus Dane Group’s controversial demolition of Liverpool’s Welsh Streets, where Ringo Starr’s birthplace is just one of hundreds of potentially desirable Victorian properties left empty and boarded up.   Restoration Man not happy with Pathfinder Redux demolition men...

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High Speed Rail HS2 – good for Liverpool?
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  HS2 high speed rail is a mixed blessing for Liverpool.   The HS2 High Speed Rail route north of the London to Birmingham section was announced on Jan 28th 2013. HS2 will eventually halve journey times to the UK capital from Manchester and Leeds, to 1hr 8mins, with Liverpool-London journeys improving from 2hrs 7 mins to 1hr 36 mins, 25% faster than now....

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Can this be progress?
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Can this be progress?

Feb 27, 2013 by

Post-Pathfinder scheme in Liverpool slammed 26 February, 2013 | By Richard Waite, Architect’s Journal ‘My greatest worry is that the Victorian terrace, robust, versatile and popular, will be replaced by bland mediocrity that will erode distinction, identity and history in one fell swoop. Surely this can’t be defined as ‘progress’ by anyone’s measure.’  Architect Nick Johnson, co-founder of Urban Splash. Campaigners have hit out...

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UK Housing policy favours landlords, not households.
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This is not about a Beatles’ birthplace.  The Welsh Streets in Liverpool 8 occupy the front line of national battles on Housing and Regeneration for good reason.  They have lessons on urban policy for governments of all parties. The failings of UK housing policy since 1989 can be summed up in one simple sentence: they favour the landlord; and disadvantage the household – whether...

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Poundland Houses – Who Profits from Managed Decline?
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So, a massive splash this week on something we’ve pushed for ages – giving away for a £1 tinned up terraces emptied out by the £2.2bn ‘Pathfinder’ demolitions, instead of leaving them to rot. The national press printed my quotes welcoming the initiative – and urging housing bosses to go much further. 800 people in two days contacted Liverpool Council, desperate to get in...

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Homes for £1 – National Press Quotes
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After the Echo broke the ‘homes for £1’ story Tuesday, news wire service Mercury Press interviewed me and the comments were syndicated to national and international outlets. UPDATE Oct 2015: The creative renovation of these streets led by residents and supported by Steinbeck Studio and architects Assemble has been shortlisted for the Turner Art Prize. This is the superb catalogue associated with the exhibition...

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China Lights Up – Beautiful ‘China Urbanization’ Night Maps
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在中国20年的城市发展迅速,捕获卫星在这些美丽的夜晚地图: China’s urban boom over 20 years is captured in these beautiful satellite night maps, via Business Insider.  Similar night maps for other parts of the world can be found on the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website.      ‘China Urbanization’ Nightmaps: 1992 Vs. 2010 Joe Weisenthal Feb. 10, 2013 The NOAA has a very cool film loop (via Gregor Macdonald) showing the progression of the...

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Temples of Travel – Grand Central New York
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A Point of View: Grand Central & the world’s loveliest stations Historian David Cannadine charts the fall and rise of Grand Central, the railway’s architectural gem in the heart of New York, and a symbol of America’s gilded age. BBC i-player link here: http://goo.gl/vFWR1  Exactly 100 years ago this month, in February 1913, one of the 20th Century’s most elaborate and majestic buildings was inaugurated...

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Population Density & Travel Demand
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I’m in a mapping mood thanks to this last post and thought I’d share these two.  They show population density and travel demand in England’s north west region – the counties of Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire. The left hand map shows the distribution of population density, with the ‘core cities’ of Liverpool (c. 1.5 million) on the west coast and Manchester (c.2.5 million) 35 miles...

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Spatial Forces, Spatial Relationships
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My friends at Liverpool University’s Civic Design Department have just published these superb spatial maps, using brand new UK census data.  I’ll be adding a selection with some analysis over the next day or two. They are the loving work of cartographic guru Dr. Alex Singleton.  Alex has run the data for every local authority in the country – and it’s all available free...

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Rebuilding Britain for the Baby Boomers
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Architect Maxwell Hutchinson analyses the great push to re-build post war BritainRadio 4 Programme (i-player link – my comments in italics & brackets) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017l87m In the 1990’s architect and broadcaster Maxwell Hutchinson began recording interviews with the men who re-built Britain after World War 2. (JB – i.e. architects who designed the new buildings and estates…. I doubt they did much of the hands...

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Northern Cities await High Speed Rail Route and Stations
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Guardian article Northern Cities await HS2 High Speed Rail Route and Stops, 27th January 2013  Transport secretary to outline proposed path for the Y-shaped network north of Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds Communities across the north of England are set to discover on Monday whether high-speed rail will cross their path as plans are unveiled for the second phase of the £33bn HS2 project, with councils...

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Back to the Futurist Cinema
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Share the City support the campaign to ‘Save the Futurist Cinema’, Liverpool’s Edwardian ghost picture house, 100 years old but closed for the last 30.  It was designed in 1912 by Leeds architects Chadwick and Watson, who built Bradford’s famous Alhambra Theatre two years later. There’s an excellent blog and rapidly growing petition, which you can find here: Save the Futurist Cinema Petition Congratulations...

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