public art

Seeing the light

Guerilla lighting teams are staging dramatic lighting events in order to draw attention to the possibilities, and importance, of lighting in the urban environment
Guerrilla lighting declares war on bad lighting. It protests against the wasteful use of light, and raises awareness of the power of light. It creates ephemeral and magical moments of quality lighting that are recorded and sent to the media and politicians to instigate action against bad lighting. ‘Lighting Guerillas’ suggest that poorly-designed lighting should be prevented, and that all cities should be encouraged to establish, and enforce, a minimum standard of quality.

When the going gets tough…

By Maggie Bolt

In times of recession when life goes on hold, it’s actually a time to plan, step back and re-think how we embed cultural involvement in place and apply ‘total place’ thinking
Traditionally, when the going gets tough – creativity gets dumped! Whenever expenditure gets tight, quality of design and materials, along with landscaping and public art, have frequently been conveniently lost as costly extras. But it’s actually a time to plan, step back and re-think how we embed cultural involvement in place and apply ‘total place’ thinking within all forms of development.

More power to outdoor events

By Mike Brown

Attracting people to use public and private spaces supports the commercial viability of town centres, parks, and historic gardens. Yet the logistics of place management can be complex
Outdoor public events can be a great boost to the economic vitality of most places. Weddings, music festivals, fetes, arts events, exhibitions and markets: all of these attract visitors and create a thriving local economy. Yet any event promoter or town centre manager appreciates the complexity of staging events in busy public places. From parking provision to traffic regulation, crowd control and policing to the provision of public toilets, entertainment facilities and catering, event logistics can be taxing.

Inclusive design: case study videos from RIBA


This film is intended to be a highly useful tool for student and practicing architects/designers, planners, clients and others involved in the built environment.

The role and relationship of the architects, the client, the user advisors, access consultants, and other members of the design team are examined in the film (clips 1 to 7). The film provides viewers with differing practical examples of inclusive design.

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The LivCom Awards

The LivCom Awards were launched in 1997 and are endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme. LivCom is the world’s only Awards Competition focussing on Best Practice regarding the management of the local environment. The objective of LivCom is to improve the quality of life of individual citizens through the creation of ‘liveable communities’.

Small, and simple, is beautiful

By John Dales

John Dales is on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment’s enabling panel and is also the independent design advisor on streets to the city of Edinburgh Council. He is director of transport and movement at urban design consultant Urban Initiatives.

Good things are happening to the streets of Camden

A Place for Creativity? 2009 – Smiling Wolf presentation – Burscough bridge

The Burscough Bridge presentation by Smiling Wolf
A Place for Creativity? 2009. A public art and regeneration conference from RUDI and PlacesMatter! 16 June, 2009. The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
The design team managed to pull the trick of entwining local folklore, history with existing local identity and contemporary arts to create a holistic street-scape being rooted as well as audacious and innovative

Writers Shaping Places

By Sarah Butler

How can writers work with architects, designers and planners to engage people in the regeneration of their places and communities? This was the question posed at Writers Shaping Places, an event organised by literature and regeneration consultancy, UrbanWords, in partnership with Architects in Residence, literature development organisation Spread the Word, and community cinema space Shortwave, with funding from Arts Council England.

A Place for Creativity? The 2nd Annual Conference 2009

The second annual public art conference organised by RUDI in partnership with Places Matter! brought together all those involved in placemaking, art and design that have an interest in creating unique, interesting and stimulating places for people to live, work and play.

audio from all 3 sessions