In my earlier entry I explained how the idea of 'Third Places' came about and their relevance to the Mary Portas review. Purely by coincidence the Project for Public Spaces have just published this example of a Pop Up Cafe on their web site, I love the idea:
Take a look at the little time-lapse video below from the NYC DOT that shows a day in the life of one such pop-up café, on Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village. The founding spirit behind our work here at PPS,William “Holly” Whyte, would surely have enjoyed observing the social life of this small urban space.
Here it is for your entertainment, seems a much better use for a car parking space to me. What do you think?
The chatter on the Internet today talks of a combination of high winds and tide that will make it dangerous to venture too close to the sea.
On occasions recently the National Trust has closed access to the Car Parks and Dunes at Freshfield. The car park has become engulfed with sand in part. Elsewhere the tides and winds have caused much erosion. The Trust has remodelled the dune profile and closed the old access path to the beach. A gentle slope is now a 20 foot or more drop to the beach surface.
This recent photograph shows the changes that have occurred. In the foreground is the edge of the dune. It slopes at an acute angle down to the beach. Far too dangerous to try to navigate. The excavator shows the scale of the drop.
Eventually the dunes will recede naturally and the present car park will become part of the dunes. It begs the questions, what will happen to the neighbouring caravan park and where will the National Trust make car park provision for visitors. Victoria Road can't handle the numbers now let alone in the future.
Simon O'Rourke - wood sculptor and illustrator, using chainsaws and other power tools is planning to install the squirrel story trail at the Deansgate Lane open space this week.
I produce fine pieces of artwork using waste timber or standing stumps, using a variety of power tools and hand tools. These works of art range from beautiful ladies in fine hard-woods, to owls and other animals in hardwoods such as Oak or Ash, or softwoods such as Cedar or Pine.
My chainsaw carving exploits have taken me all around the world. I have now competed in chainsaw carving competitions in the USA, Japan, Canada, Holland, Germany, Denmark and the UK, placing highly in many of them. (Source Simon O'Rourkes Blog: http://www.treecarving.co.uk/)