Rethink! New perspectives on public spaces - Tuesday 24th of April 2007


Public works with Demos will contribute to a one day symposium at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation entitled 'Rethink! New Perspectives on public spaces'.

“Democratic innovation in public space”
Facilitator: Emma Daniels (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
Contributors: Melissa Mean (Demos), Andreas Lang (Public Works)

The rise of corporately owned malls... private CCTV security systems... radical demographic and cultural diversity... The dominant urban story of the past 10 years has been of creeping privatisation and social fragmentation resulting in the loss of shared spaces in our towns and cities. This session will question this ‘new conventional wisdom’ and explore how people and communities are experimenting and innovating, reclaiming corporate spaces and creating new kinds of shared spaces. The session will then ask what this means for the planning, design and management of our towns and cities and how people’s power to produce better public spaces can be better supported.

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SOURCING A 2ND HAND MILK FLOAT


Electric Vehicles in Brompton, Oxfordshire, has a good selection of 2nd hand milk floats, and John, the owner is an expert in converting them. We ordered one for the Mobile Archive project in Egremont, currently running under the project name FOLK FLOAT.
We are big enthusiasts of milk floats at the moment, they're good value for money and no MOT required!
More about milkfloats? Visit www.milkfloats.org.uk

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VISIT TO THE FOLK ARCHIVE IN EGREMONT, CUMBRIA



public works is designing a mobile archive for the Egremont Folk Archive Steering Group, as part of Creative Egremont, a public art programme organised by Grizedale Arts. The mobile archive, currently called Folk Float, will be on the roads in and around Egremont, Cumbria, this summer.
Image: Andreas and Karen Guthrie are browsing through some of the archive items at Ralph's house.

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