I'm trying to remain optimistic about the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco because it's well intentioned. Let's hope that roof top public park is actually made public and not just another playground for tech employees. The fact that it's only accessible by escalator, elevator, or gondola is worrisome. But it is an incredible structure to see in the making. #publicspaces#publicspacebehavior#sanfrancisco#transitcenter#builtenvironment#publicrealm
#OnThisDay in 1819, in St. Peter’s Field, Manchester a crowd of between 60-80,000 people gathered to demonstrate against famine, unemployment, poor economic conditions and to demand parliamentary reform in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. Organised by Manchester Patriotic Union, the demonstration was targeted by local magistrates who called on the military authorities to arrest the headlining orator, Henry Hunt, and to disperse the crowd. Cavalry charged into the crowd with sabres drawn, and in the ensuing confusion, an estimated 18 people were killed and 400–700 were injured. The event will be forever known as the Peterloo Massacre in an ironic comparison to the Battle of Waterloo, which had taken place four years earlier. Since 1819 there has been a dedicated campaign to erect a memorial to the event that was a popular spark to the democratic rights we now hold dear, if not take for granted. In 1821, political artist George Cruickshank proposed a satirical monument to the event (here) published in ‘A Slap At Slop’, a short news sheet published, with William Hone, in 1821 which parodied the newspapers of the day. More recently, artist Jeremy Deller has been approached (and apparently commissioned) to commemorate the event (Deller has referenced Peterloo in previous works, including banners created by Ed Hall [shown] and film director Mike Lee is currently working on a film of events). Until recently all that stood in public memory to the massacre was an incorrect blue plaque in St. Peter’s Square, but campaigners fought to have this changed. And today all that stands testament to our agitating Mancunian brothers and sisters is a small, red plaque sited on the wall of the Radisson Hotel (formerly the Free Trade Hall ) on the corner of Peter Street and Southmill Street in Manchester city centre. A token gesture to those who fought for democracy and change. #Peterloo#Massacre#Democracy#Protest#Monument#Manchester#Vote#Suffrage#Design#Culture#History#Satire#JeremyDeller#MikeLee#EdHall#Banner#PoliticalCartoon#Illustration#Typography#Artist#PublicArt#PublicRealm
The @cityoflondon have launched a small architectural competition to speculate on the architectural and design future of the Culture Mile. They are inviting architects, designers and artists to help us envisage this.
Fluid have developed a number of themes that have emerged from the Culture Mile’s new public realm strategy:
・ Form a cultural spine
・ Take the inside out
・ Celebrate history and community
・ Create an urban oasis
The competition focuses on the theme ‘Take the inside out’. The brief requires you to identify spaces and/or opportunities within the Culture Mile where we can bring ‘the inside outside’? Visit our blog to download the brief .