marcus westbury

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Can arcades fire? (or are old arcades the new laneways?)

May 18th, 2013 55 Comments

A strange obsession of mine of late is the fate of old suburban shopping arcades. I am, as far as i can tell, pretty much alone in believing they’re a rich vein of untapped urban and suburban gold. Or, to put it in language that hipsters, planners and local politicians can┬áreflexively and instinctively respond to […]

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Help! Looking for inspiring examples of #MakerPlaces

December 30th, 2012 17 Comments

┬áStudio Melt — A Renew Newcastle project Help! I’m looking for interesting examples of Maker Places from around the world. Over the last few months, i’ve been doing some extensive research and note taking for a book that explores the idea of what i’m calling Maker Places. The book builds on the work of Renew […]

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The Digital Craft Explosion

July 24th, 2009 3 Comments

Emerald Arts’ Renew Newcastle store CRAFT is as unlikely an area as you could possibly think of to be radically transformed by telecommunications.It’s very old-fashioned and it definitely doesn’t digitise. Stereotypes would have you believe that knitting, needlecraft, quilts and crochet are the domain of the infirm and the elderly, while the internet is the […]

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