New Public Spaces: Open Brief

Post it note contributions from the Ideas for the Future of the York Castle Museum, 1st September 2019

York is creating a new public space. What now is the Castle Car Park and the green roundabout we call the Eye of York will become a part of York where we can come together. A new place to gather.

In summer 2019, those who live, work and play in York have imagined and debated what this new space will be. All their ideas and discussions have formed the My Castle Gateway Castle and Eye of York Open Brief.

The Open Brief brings the future to life. It evokes all the different things people will be doing. From paddling to protesting and from listening to music to reflecting in peace.

The Open Brief is still a draft. It is not too late to take part in shaping the future of the Castle and Eye of York.

We’ll be testing the brief in many different ways in December 2019 and January and February 2020. Look out for social media discussion and for events where we will share, prod and probe the Open Brief. This road testing is to ensure we have an Open Brief that is robust and ready for the designers to read, get excited about and to rise to the challenges set out.

We hope people might contribute to the Draft Open Brief online too. If you’d like to do this, you can contribute through this online link. Or email us on

The designers will start their response in the spring. The Designers will use this brief and views and voices from other organisations who are based in the area and other practical and policy considerations to develop design ideas.
Once the designers have developed their first ideas we will publish them so we can all see how the challenges we’ve set have been met.

You can read the Draft Open Brief here [Word] [PDF]. You can also read online by following the links below.

The Open Brief in brief!
How the Open Brief was created and Structure of the Open Brief
Flexibility of Use
Landscape, Ecology and Trees
Play and playfulness
Castle Car Park
The Eye of York
The Clifford’s Tower Area