active space

Creating Inspiring Spaces: a guide for quality public realm in the northwest

A quality environment is essential for encouraging private sector investment, as well as improving the region’s image as a place to live, work and invest. It also significantly enhances quality of life. This document highlights examples of good practice from within the region and beyond, and aims to inspire those responsible for designing, procuring, managing and investing in our public spaces to raise their aspirations.

Health, place and nature – how outdoor environments influence health and well-being: a knowledge base

This document demonstrates that, for people to be healthy, the environment around us must be health-enhancing and provide opportunities for living a healthy life.

It acknowledges that the evidence base is incomplete, but concludes that research findings to date about the health impact of the outdoor environment are sufficient to warrant action. To improve health and reduce health inequalities it is vital to ensure that the natural environment is protected and enhanced, and that communities are built and maintained with activity and sustainability in mind.

Seen and heard: Reclaiming the public realm with children and young people

A survey commissioned by Play England for Playday, an initiative designed to celebrate the right of children to play outside, highlights that children want and need to play in their local streets.

The research undertaken for this report across six different neighbourhoods suggests that the government’s ambitions to improve the wellbeing of children, and its aim to create sustainable communities, will fall short unless the needs of children and young people in their everyday environment are taken seriously by all those designing, delivering and managing the public realm.

Land in limbo: the potential of transitory urban spaces in a recessionary period

Professor Chris Baines, Independant environmental advisor,writer and broadcaster
26 minutes
Professor Chris Baines explores the ways in which neglected, under-used or as yet undeveloped land can be beneficially used in innovative and positive ways, for example as playgrounds, urban agriculture plots and community gardens

Cost effective improvements: how to create quality spaces & places without major redevelopment or huge funding

David Chapman, Director, Urban Design Skills
15 minutes
David Chapman explores a range of innovative – and common sense – small scale urban interventions that can help to to improve the usability, apprearance and appeal of public streets and places

The future of three-dimensional soundscaping: a unique town centre experience

Martyn Ware, Music Producer, Creative Director, Sonic ID and Founding Partner, Illustrious Company
28 minutes
Former 1980s pop band producer Martyn Ware explores the power and implementation of the missing link in our positive experience of place: city soundscapes