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

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

A Speakers‘ Corner for the Eye of York

Tillman Jacobi It is a good occasion to revive true public debate in times of many global concerns and uncertainties, or controversial political, economical and social developments. This kind of debate becomes most real and catching, when it is delivered in person – not online. London’s Speakers‘ Corner has, for centuries, been a mighty institution … Read more A Speakers‘ Corner for the Eye of York

York Against the War: 15th March 2003 demonstration and the Eye of York

On 15th March 2003 York Against the War organised a demonstration that began in the Eye of York and marched to outside the Minister, where a rally was held. In assembling the demonstration in the Eye of York, York Against the War was part of a tradition that included The March Against Yorkshire Slavery – … Read more York Against the War: 15th March 2003 demonstration and the Eye of York

Gathering Place: What’s next for the Castle and Eye of York/shire public spaces?

Gathering Place: What’s next for the Castle and Eye of York/shire public spaces? Over the summer we’ve been doing many different events talking about different aspects of what might make brilliant public open spaces in the Castle and Eye of York/shire. On Saturday (2-4pm) in the Drawing Out The Brief open analysis session we’ll be … Read more Gathering Place: What’s next for the Castle and Eye of York/shire public spaces?

Alternative Visions – a reshaped Piccadilly 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 put down on paper some proposals which illustrated … Read more Alternative Visions – a reshaped Piccadilly by Chris Donegani

Gathering On The Move – Cycling for Wider Mobility

Group ride with York Cycle Campaign – 23rd September 2019 Background One of the cornerstones of the My Future York approach to public engagement has been “Look at your City” events where we’ve walked or cycled around parts of the city to reflect on how they work, and how we might learn lessons which can … Read more Gathering On The Move – Cycling for Wider Mobility

Walk with Todd Longstaffe Gowan

Internationally-renowned landscape architect Todd Longstaffe Gowan joined us on at a rainy lunchtime, helping us to look at how landscaping can create a public space residents will love. Within the group there are a diverse range of perspectives including residents, local history enthusiasts, and people concerned with accessibility. We start the tour at the Eye … Read more Walk with Todd Longstaffe Gowan

Gathering Together: Look at Your City Walk Virtual Tour

Gathering Together: Look at Your City Walk Virtual Tour Friday 9th August 2019 Early evening is a potentially good time to bring people together – and one York doesn’t do brilliantly at the moment. In the My Castle Gateway discussions the idea of a family friendly area, with activities and events, not dominated by heavy … Read more Gathering Together: Look at Your City Walk Virtual Tour