marcus westbury

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Cities: Are they YouTube or Hollywood?

May 22nd, 2013 28 Comments

This essay was commissioned for the May edition of Desktop Magazine. Illustration by Andrew Fairclough. Over the last few years, I’ve been involved in launching more than a hundred creative projects from artisans, makers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, artists, musicians, publishers and creative entrepreneurs in empty buildings in Newcastle, through the scheme Renew Newcastle. Renew has worked with, inspired […]

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Cities as Software

May 23rd, 2011 17 Comments

This article was written for the latest edition of the Dutch architecture/ design journal Volume… Let me put a scenario to you. Say you live in an aging, fading industrial town. One that has been on receiving end of repeated shocks from earthquakes and natural disasters to the closure of its largest industries and mass […]

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The changing role of design

September 7th, 2009 3 Comments

SOMETHING interesting is happening in the world of design. Many artists think of designers as marginally above advertising executives in the creative food chain. They’re the poor cousins, the guns for hire, the ethically challenged and morally questionable distant relatives of the fine arts. After all, designers are the people whose job it is to […]

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