Castle Car Park Idea: A new, big public space

What might a new public space on Castle Car Park look like? In the Open Brief we developed in the summer people want to be able to: Come together Attend large scale events (music, theatre, fairs) Use the Eye of York as a place of political protest Commemorate and remember, especially the 1190 massacre of … Read moreCastle Car Park Idea: A new, big public space

Tower Gardens: What would make you want to spend more time here?

Tower Gardens walk around: 3rd February 2-4pm We ran the first of our post-masterplan ideas events last Saturday, exploring uses and landscaping of Tower Gardens. You can see the masterplan ideas for Tower Gardens here and people’s responses to them during the engagement period here. The aim of these follow up events is to explore … Read moreTower Gardens: What would make you want to spend more time here?

Collaborative Place Development Projects – Comparisons with My Castle Gateway

At the core of the My Castle Gateway project is a commitment to shaping city development through conversations and ongoing collaborations – with the City of York Council, with the masterplanners and with the local community. It is one of a growing number of projects where public engagement is substantially integrated into plans for urban … Read moreCollaborative Place Development Projects – Comparisons with My Castle Gateway

Saturday Night!: Exploring York’s Streets, Rivers and Public Spaces

9:00pm Saturday 14th October 2017 Six of us gathered for the night walk, slightly concerned that it was a race weekend and the town might be full of unavoidable drunkenness. In the event the over-riding feeling was of emptiness – public spaces were generally quiet and under-used. It didn’t feel particularly dangerous and where people … Read moreSaturday Night!: Exploring York’s Streets, Rivers and Public Spaces

Look at Your City: The power of 10 and the power of the perch

14th October 2017 Five of us undertook to Look at York, spending time in a variety of the city’s public spaces and trying to work out what was going on. To set the scene for our walk we looked at the Project for Public Spaces Power of 10: ‘The idea behind this concept is that … Read moreLook at Your City: The power of 10 and the power of the perch

My Castle Gateway Stage Two: Working with issues as tools

By Phil Bixby Having done a large number of different public events – guided walkabouts in day and night, meetings, photography walks and events with local partners – we frequently get asked “how is this going to affect what actually happens?” Firstly, the Open draft brief we produced – which drew out the themes from … Read moreMy Castle Gateway Stage Two: Working with issues as tools

How are people using York’s public spaces?

By Phil Bixby and Helen Graham Last Saturday – as part of the Looking at Your City walk – we spoke to people spending time in various parts of York. We explored a variety of different types of public spaces in York – Museum Gardens, St Helen’s Square, St Sampson’s Square, Shambles Market food court … Read moreHow are people using York’s public spaces?

Not easy on foot: Fishergate to Bishopthorpe Road via Castle Gateway

By Susan Major In Step 2 My Castle Gateway process we’re seeking to address key challenges that arise from our Draft Brief. The aim is to understand the issues better so we can refine the brief and openly address disagreements and tensions. Below is a blog by Susan Major who took part in our Public … Read moreNot easy on foot: Fishergate to Bishopthorpe Road via Castle Gateway