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Sustainable shop pops up at London design festival

This is very cool - check out the image in the article. 

From Creative Boom: 

Visitors to this year's London Design Festival will have been impressed by a pop up shop made entirely from a durable, sustainable material, writes Katy Cowan. 

The pop up, called 'ShedShop', created by London based designer Shell Thomas, was constructed from Dufaylite's UltraBoard and used to sell souvenirs, from the Design Museum Shop, to the public at Tent London - one of the largest design trade shows which took place during the festival. 

Art in the Heart a success at The Rocks

Between September and November 2011, artists from the Northern Rivers got the opportunity to showcase their wares and talents at Sydney's prestigious The Rocks, as a result of a collaboration between The Rocks Pop-Up Project and Lismore's 'Art in the Heart'. Stephen Nelson from Art in the Heart and Anique Vered from The Rocks Pop-Up Project talk about their experiences of the joint initiative.


Book launch: 'The Art of Engagement': Friday 2 December (Sydney)

You are invited to the launch of The Art of Engagement on Friday 2 December at Gleebooks in Sydney, at 6.00pm for 6.30pm. 

The Art of Engagement: Culture, Collaboration, Innovation, is edited by Centre for Cultural Research members past and present Elaine Lally, Ien Ang and Kay Anderson and published by University of Western Australia Publishing. 

Office space available for creative project with Anyplace Projects in Rozelle

Anyplace Projects has one room available for a creative or artistic project looking for office space.

For $50 a week, you will receive a room on the first floor of our building located in Rozelle. The 12.5sqm room has multiple power points and plenty of natural light, and access to our wireless internet.

UTS students to utilise pop-up gallery to transform forgotten Darlinghurst laneway

On Tuesday 8 November, new light will be shed on a small laneway behind Darlinghurst's Oxford Street, in a one night-only event hosted by the University of Technology, Sydney Design students. 

Closing the street to traffic, Open House will seek to uncover hidden elements of the cultural precinct, with a series of interactive installations exploring the historical and contemporary identity of the area. 

Kids invited to help graffiti project (UK)

Good idea - pretty up the scene and let the kids go to town with graffiti. Win-win! :)

From The Lincolnite: 

Children in certain areas of Lincoln will be allowed to spray graffiti on shop windows this month, without getting into trouble with police, writes Elizabeth Fish. 

The graffiti project from the City of Lincoln Council Neighbourhood Team allows children over eight to cover unsightly security boards on vacant shops with graffiti. 

Bagpuss shop pops up in Bayswater (UK)

Pop-up used for nostalgia. I like this because - well, Bagpuss is cool! :) 

From The Londonist: 

Only 13 episodes of Bagpuss were ever made way back in 1974, yet the enduring love for the cat who was "baggy, and a bit loose at the seams” continues apace, writes Zoe Craig. 

The pop-up problem (UK)

A negative article on pop-ups (it is the Torygraph after all!), and mostly refers to retail brands doing pop-ups but maybe something to consider in terms of 'burnout'? 

These apparently exclusive enterprises are expensive, exhausted and everywhere, writes Guy Stag. 

From The Telegraph: 

BCSC: government needs to aid town centre retail (UK)

What happens when the economy plummets. Another article highlighting the need for business tax incentives as a way to attract businesses into empty properties. 

From Propertyweek.com: 

The BCSC has called on government to make a strong commitment to town centres as a focus for investment as part of the proposed National Planning Policy Framework, and has said the business rates regime acts as a barrier to retail growth, writes Kat Baker. 

Scottish government to cut empty rate relief

Not much info but a step in the right direction. 

From Propertyweek.com: 

The Scottish government has announced plans to cut empty property rate relief by April 2013, writes Patrick Gower. 

Outlining Scottish spending plans today, finance secretary John Swinney said the changes were being bought in to incentivise landlords to bring empty shops back into use. 

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