Wish Park Great Elephant Adventure

2 Sep

As part of our Wish Park playground commission, Threshold held a creative placemaking morning with children from the area, to get their input into the words and motifs that will feature on the playground shelter.

New of this in the local paper, The Argus, can be found here, and more news on the design and installation of the shelter and playground will follow.

Thank you!

30 Jun

Thank you to everyone that helped make Threshold at myhotel, Brighton 2013 such a success this year. To the 400-plus audience we had; to the speakers; the teams behind the installations; to our volunteers; and a big thank you of course to myhotel, Brighton for giving us the use of their car park and to their ever-helpful staff, to our funders and to our sponsors.

None of the last week of set up, exhibition, talks and debates (and speedy take down!) would have been possible without you all.

Feedback was, as ever, overwhelmingly positive and whilst Threshold at myhotel, Brighton may have come to a close, we have some exciting plans for this year and next so watch this space and follow us on Twitter for news!

What’s On – Friday 28th

28 Jun

THE CITY DAY

Today sees a panel debate on the the post consumerist city – how our urban centres are evolving. 3 short presentations followed by a cross discipline panel discussion, chaired by Oliver Heath, with an open question & debate session.

The debate will start with a keynote from Empty Shops Network and Revolutionary Arts founder and High Street expert, Dan Thompson, ‘What if the high street isn’t dead?’ We’ve heard a lot about the death of the high street. But what if it’s not dead, just changing? Dan Thompson believes that what we’re seeing is the death of the clone town, with big box retailers closing stores across the country – and that after a rough time, we might see a much better, more balanced high street in ten years time. He’s visited over 35 towns, cities and high streets and worked with dozens of organisations, from the Royal Opera House to Margate’s Town Team, as they find uses for empty shops and invent the high street of tomorrow.

Dan’s keynote will be followed by presentations covering emerging approaches to urban design and the way thinking is developing to reinvent and reinvigorate our urban centres. There will be 3 short presentations to kickstart the panel discussion from ABIR, talking about George St, Hove; Gillespies landscape architects, on its many high street schemes; Martin Evans, Creative Director atCathedral Group, talking about its Circus Street development, and Richard Wolfstrome on the Kings Hill project placemaking and wayfinding.

This in turn will be followed by a panel discussion of issues facing high street and city centre regeneration. The panel will include Dan Thompson, Matt Weston, Principal at Spacemakers,  Nick Hibberd – BHCC Regeneration, Finn Williams, Common Office/deputy leader of Croydon Council’s Placemaking Team, and Cara Courage, arts consultant and placemaker.

The debate will open up to Q+A. No need to book. 4.30 pm for 5 pm start, approx. 1.5 hours, to lead into closing party, until 10 pm.

We’re open as usual from 12 pm.

What’s On – Thursday 27th

27 Jun

REUSE DAY

The theme for the day is how we can reuse in the city.

Lunchtime talk is from Duncan Baker-Brown, director, BBM Sustainable Designand Cat Fletcher, Freegle co-founder.

Cat and Duncan will discuss the world wide environmental issues caused by our throw away approach to living on Planet Earth. They will also discuss positive solutions such as The Waste House currently being built in Brighton, as well as many other examples of designers, makers and industries proving that ‘there is no such thing as waste – just stuff in the wrong place’ and that land fill sites are our new mines.

12.30 pm for a 1 pm start, approx. 1 hour incl Q+A

Pecha kucha

A standing room only event last year, this line up is just as compelling, including…

Abigail Freeman, Ben Hollands, Claire Potter, Elly Ward, Grant Shepherd, Paul Nicholson, Richard Rowland and David Bramwell.

6 pm for a 6.30 pm start, 9 pm close.

What’s on today – Wednesday 26th

26 Jun

PLANNING DAY AND FILM NIGHT

Lunchtime (with a lunch, get there early as its first come first served!) sees a talk from Huw James, Assistant Director of Planning, Peter Rainier, Director of Planning and Heidi Copland, Partner at DMH Stallard, ‘A Whistle Stop Tour of Planning’.

This light hearted talk will explain and discuss the current state of the planning system, the wholescale Government led changes and the implications for local communities and businesses. More information on the talk here.

12.30 pm lunch for 1 pm talk, approx 1 hour.

 

Evening film night, from 6 pm to 9 pm – a ‘playlist’ of short architectural films (interviews/building studies etc) based on this years theme.

We’re open!

25 Jun

Threshold at myhotel, Brighton 2013 is open!

We open the car park ramp at 12 pm; come and have a look around the installations and get the programme for the rest of the week. Our mini Small Batch cafe will be open too!

Threshold at myhotel, Brighton, 25th to 28th June

10 Jun

We are delighted to announce our contributors to this year’s pop up architecture centre at myhotel, Brighton – as ever it’s an eclectic, creative, fun and provocative mix of architects, artists and built environment types, supported by a wonderful team of volunteers, sponsors and funders.

The event is free, and open daily from 12 pm to 9 pm, until 10 pm on the closing Friday night party. There will be a café open in the day and bar in the evening.

All programme and installation information can be found here; and details of our funders, sponsors and volunteers, without whom this event would not be possible, can be found here.

Highlights of events include:

  • a film night on Wednesday 25th, a playlist from BDonline;
  • two lunchtime talks, from DMH Stallard on Wednesday 26th, and from Duncan Baker-Brown, director, BBM Sustainable Design and Cat Fletcher, Freegle co-founder on Thursday 27th;
  • pecha kucha on Thursday 27th, a standing room only event last year, this line up is just as compelling, including Abigail Freeman, Ben Hollands, Claire Potter, Elly Ward, Grant Shepherd, Paul Nicholson, Richard Rowland…and more to be added;
  • panel debate on the the post consumerist city – how our urban centres are evolving with keynote from Empty Shops Network and Revolutionary Arts founder and High Street expert, Dan Thompson, ‘What if the high street isn’t dead?’ and  three 3 short presentations followed by a cross discipline panel discussion, chaired by Oliver Heath, with an open question & debate session;
  • which will lead into a closing party until 10 pm.
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