We have lost some greats of music this year and there have been some incredible new artists, and new tunes by existing artists, to listen to. I am lucky to have a bevvy of friends who recommend music to me. My ears have been blessed with atmospheric electronica like Badbadnotgood, Gogo Penguin and Floating Points (all Gary), De La Soul are back to their best, Nick Cave broke my heart (Karl), The Incredible String Band (Toke) woke me up, Roots Manuva took me back to my twenties and I felt happy every time I listened to Julian Dore, Le Lac. And, if you haven't listened to Kate Tempest's new album (Matt), go do it now. Here are are a few of the other artists that kept coming back on my playlist. I hope you enjoy them and they put wind in your sails for 2017. It is amazing what beauty pours from the hearts of humans!
I was finally able to set up my record player (a result of moving house) and it has been great to pull out some Vinyl. I am lucky enough my old friend, Anna, is with a fellow who runs a record shop in Amerstdam called Plato. They have sent the Vinyl LP of Urban Hymns by The Verve! My mate, Jonty, has also convinced me it is time to get some of the The Specials on vinyl too ... and because it is new year here's one more track, Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) ...
What are you listening to?
If you could order anything on vinyl for 2017, what would it be?
In 2016 we worked on the Spring Garden West Public Engagement - it as was great process that lead to major changes in the design influenced by the public input. Here is a video from the developer talking about how they think development should be happening based on their experience working with us. I hope it could be useful for anyone trying to build a case for proper engagement in the design of infrastructure:
Follow the process from the beginning. This document illustrates the collaborative process on how the design evolved based on a dialogue between the public, the developer and design professionals. I hope this illustration of the engagement process can be used as material to support other projects. Check it out here or download it below:
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