marcus westbury

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Explorations in Emptiness

September 11th, 2015 8 Comments

  In late 2007 and early 2008, I found myself walking Hunter and King Streets, the two main streets of Newcastle, and the smaller streets that connected them. I was seeing them afresh—looking at parts of them up close for the first time in the best part of a decade. I spent two days peering […]

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I (finally) wrote a book: Creating Cities is out now

September 1st, 2015 5 Comments

  I finally have a book! Thanks to the support of nearly a thousand people who supported the crowd funding campaign via Pozible and nearly a two years of writing, editing, rewriting, designing and printing I’m pleased to finally be able to say that Creating Cities the book officially exists! The book has it’s own web […]

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Make: Do on Renew Newcastle

April 1st, 2009 1 Comment

A short video on the Renew Newcastle project by Sydney based film maker Jonathon Rodgers. For information of the featured projects see the Renew Newcastle project page.

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Renew Newcastle is on!

October 28th, 2008 8 Comments

Renew Newcastle, the project i have been working on to create cheap space for artists and community groups and bring life back to the Newcastle CBD has officially been virtually launched. Well, it now has a web site at Meanwhile, if you are artist or community group, check out the call for proposals: CALL […]

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The Newcastle Scheme

August 20th, 2008 6 Comments

Expect much more on this as the months roll on but i’ve finally gone public about what I’ve been running around proposing for the Newcastle CBD. It’s so crazy it just might work. Courtesy of ABC Radio 1233 (you can hear the interview and see some pictures here)… Vacant shopfronts in the Newcastle CBD should […]

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Broken Newcastle Map

April 8th, 2008 9 Comments

Following on from previous frustrations, I returned to Newcastle on the weekend. Returning to Newcastle after any length of time away, the startling thing is just how badly shattered the CBD has actually become. When you live in Newcastle it is easy to become almost blind to the fact that the majority of the two […]

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Does anyone in Newcastle have vacant real estate?

April 8th, 2008 6 Comments

Apparently not. I’ve long been advocating a more enlightened approach to liquor licensing in NSW and particularly in my home town of Newcastle. I’m convinced (and convinced i can convince most people) that a more diverse culture (and i mean everything from punk venues to jazz clubs) of drinking, dining, music, art and entertainment is […]

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