My Castle Gateway 2: Connecting systemic issues and specific design decisions

Throughout the My Castle Gateway and My York Central project it has been clear that any specific decision always has much wider contexts. Often when we are looking at a specific issue in either area what we are often talking about are highly complex, large scale and systemic issues. A systemic issue is one made … Read moreMy Castle Gateway 2: Connecting systemic issues and specific design decisions

Castle Gateway: What’s been happening and what’s happening next?

Andy Kerr, Project Manager for the Castle Gateway Project, City of York Council My Castle Gateway’s purpose is to open up the process of regenerating an area so that it works for York – to put York residents and businesses at the centre of something usually developed by experts behind closed doors. This masterplan development … Read moreCastle Gateway: What’s been happening and what’s happening next?

York Castle Museum Briefing Notes: Navigating layers of history

The York Castle Museum Briefing Notes are drawn from the existing My Castle Gateway open brief for the whole Castle Gateway area along with input drawing on four workshops held in collaboration with York Museums Trust in October 2018. Each workshop was focused on the intersection between movement and meaning, and three of the workshops … Read moreYork Castle Museum Briefing Notes: Navigating layers of history

York Castle Museum Briefing Notes Introduction: Movement and Meaning

As part of the wider Castle Gateway project York Castle Museum is also embarking on a major development which aims to interpret the histories of the site, enhance the existing buildings, offer porosity and visual and physical links between the river, the museum and the wider castle site, display better the museum’s collections and reach … Read moreYork Castle Museum Briefing Notes Introduction: Movement and Meaning

Clifford’s Tower: Briefing notes for development

Download the draft Clifford’s Tower: An open brief for development With the visitor building set within the mound now not set to proceed, English Heritage are keen to re-examine future possibilities for at Clifford’s Tower in collaboration with the wider community in York, as part of the wider Castle Gateway project. On 23rd October a … Read moreClifford’s Tower: Briefing notes for development

What makes “Family-Friendly” – a workshop at Applefields School

I was lucky enough to get to spend a morning with children at Applefields School, working with them on a project that had interested them for a while – what makes good family-friendly places? It’s one of those phrases that often gets used without thought, so we spent the time working out what it meant … Read moreWhat makes “Family-Friendly” – a workshop at Applefields School

Public Spaces that work for Young People: ‘finding somewhere you can stay without having to pay’

On 27th October, the My Castle Gateway team took a walk with six members of York’s Youth Council to explore how young people use the city’s public space. How do young people use the public spaces York already has? And what new possibilities might the Castle Gateway area offer? Museum Gardens We started in Museum … Read morePublic Spaces that work for Young People: ‘finding somewhere you can stay without having to pay’

Piccadilly Idea: new units for independent buisnesses, appartments and making use of the width for wider pavements

In the Open Brief we developed in the summer people want to be able to: See and access the Foss from Piccadilly, preferably via routes which allow circulation Develop small and independent businessesThey also wanted: For development between Piccadilly and the Foss to face onto the Castle area and make the most of the views … Read morePiccadilly Idea: new units for independent buisnesses, appartments and making use of the width for wider pavements