York Dance Space: Reflections on iMOVE and ideas for the Open Brief

6th March 2020 Initial call The project recruited from 16 different schools through an open call. The initial call was for a performance in the car park – that was the draw. The city centre? The young people involved felt that the city centre was not a place for them. The places they do go … Read more York Dance Space: Reflections on iMOVE and ideas for the Open Brief

Theatre/Music/Dance: Refining the draft Open Brief

There is a huge interest in seeing the new public spaces in Castle Gateway as hosting theatre, music, outdoor cinema, dance and every other art form imaginable. On reflection, we’ve been a bit concerned that this aspect of the draft Open Brief is currently less well developed than it could be. To fix this, we’ve … Read more Theatre/Music/Dance: Refining the draft Open Brief

Music in the open air

There’s something special about outdoor music performances. Whatever your taste – Womad, Glastonbury, Carolina Country Music or Jazz New Orleans, there’s something for everyone. Some people though, like their music on a much more intimate, less ear drum bursting level and are not looking for big names or mind altering substances. Some of my best … Read more Music in the open air

Red Tower: Testing the draft Open Brief

3rd and 10th February 2020 We returned to Red Tower to share the draft Open Brief for the new public spaces in the Castle Gateway area. This followed sessions in summer to generate ideas for the new public spaces. Every Monday the Red Tower hosts a Pay-as-you-feel lunch, you can pick up a bag of … Read more Red Tower: Testing the draft Open Brief

The Open Brief Walks – 26th Jan / 2nd Feb 2020

Having got the Open Brief to a draft version which we had discussed at length with the council and with members of the Advisory Group, it was time to take it for a walk around the Castle Gateway area with members of the public – some of whom had been involved with previous events but … Read more The Open Brief Walks – 26th Jan / 2nd Feb 2020

Alternative Visions – a provocative take on the Castle Car Park

Chris Donegani has been to a lot of our events, and he joined us for one of our recent Debating the Open Brief walks. His response to this was an alternative proposal for the Castle car park, suggesting a different way to provide some of the key elements in the draft Open Brief, while responding … Read more Alternative Visions – a provocative take on the Castle Car Park

Our rivers as veins not just drains! A first glimpse at the ‘social values’ of York’s rivers

This blog post aims to introduce you to some of the ideas and research that will be explored by the Living Well with Water (LWW) project that has emerged out of the My Castle Gateway conversations. You can find the main website of the project here, as well as follow LWW on twitter @WaterinYork.  My Castle … Read more Our rivers as veins not just drains! A first glimpse at the ‘social values’ of York’s rivers

Castle Gateway: Pasts and Futures Event, 7th December 2019

7th December 10am-4pm On 7th December we delved into the histories of the Castle and Eye of York as part of developing the conversation about the area’s future. The draft Open Brief for the new Castle Gateway public spaces was published shortly before the event and was open for discussion all day. The Open Brief … Read more Castle Gateway: Pasts and Futures Event, 7th December 2019

Alternative Visions – the Castle Mills Plaza by Chris Donegani

Chris Donegani lives on Piccadilly and was a regular participant in the workshops we ran to look at the reshaping of public realm along Piccadilly earlier this year. Having been part of the various conversations and given a lot of consideration to the various issues involved, Chris has some concerns over the submitted proposal for … Read more Alternative Visions – the Castle Mills Plaza by Chris Donegani

Design of the new Castle Mills bridge over the River Foss

One of the most exciting and talked about aspects of the Castle Gateway masterplan is the way it will open up new routes and spaces, and change the way we move around the city. The new bridge over the Foss is central to this transformation. It will form part of a cycle and pedestrian route … Read more Design of the new Castle Mills bridge over the River Foss