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Meanwhile Uses: Revitalising the High Street

Marcus Westbury - founder of Renew Australia and Renew Newcastle (in NSW Australia)
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 - 4:00pm
Committee Rooms 1&2, Glamorgan Building

Public lecture hosted by Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales (CREW), Innovation & Engagement Unit and Coastal Housing Group

Meanwhile Uses: Revitalising the High St.

Marcus Westbury an internationally renowned speaker discusses temporary uses to stimulate the arts and creative Industries to facilitate regeneration. Cardiff University. School of City and Regional Planning. 22nd  of May at 4-7pm.

The Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales (CREW), the Cardiff University School of Planning and Geography (CPLAN) and Coastal Housing Group Ltd are delighted to host Marcus Westbury, the founder of Renew Australia and Renew Newcastle (in NSW Australia) on the subject of 'temporary' and 'meanwhile' uses. 

Renew Australia is a national social enterprise designed to catalyse community renewal, economic development, the arts and creative industries across Australia. It works with communities and property owners to take otherwise empty shops, offices, commercial and public buildings and make them available to incubate short term use by artists, creative projects and community initiatives.

Renew Australia is based on the intellectual property, experience, and case study pioneered by Renew Newcastle. In 2008 Renew Newcastle was established as a low cost, low budget DIY urban renewal scheme that has proved highly successful and generated significant media and community interest locally, nationally and internationally. Through a simple strategy based on the temporary and low cost creative activation of some of the more than 150 empty buildings in the Newcastle CBD significant parts of Newcastle have been transformed. Less than two years later as the direct result of Renew Newcastle’s activities, more than 70 new businesses and initiatives had been seeded and Newcastle was hailed by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 cities in the World to visit in 2011 due to the exciting, eclectic creative community that has been created there.

A presentation by Marcus will be followed by a panel discussion which will include the team that is developing a similar initiative that is on-going in High Street, Swansea.

The venue is the Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning in the Glamorgan Building on King Edward VII Avenue. The event will be from 4-7 pm and will include a drinks reception and networking opportunity.

Anticipated timing's:

·         4pm –arrive with tea, coffee and biscuits.
·         4.15pm- Thanks( AD) Introductions( KM.)
·         4.20pm- 5-20pm.Marcus Westbury
·         5.20-6pm Panel Discussion/Q &A’s (with Marcus, George Grace and Ruth Essex)
·         6-6.30 ish Drinks reception and networking.