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Open Space Advent Calendar 2014

Explorer, Facilitator, Landscape Architect
1. Dec – Klaus Preez (Marion’s Dad who made all the shooting stars!),Outside the blood donation of University Greifswald, Germany “It's more blessed to give than to receive.” New Testament

1. Dec – Klaus Preez (Marion’s Dad who made all the shooting stars!),Outside the blood donation of University Greifswald, Germany “It's more blessed to give than to receive.” New Testament

2. Dec - Carol Philip, Old College, Edinburgh University, Scotland

2. Dec - Carol Philip, Old College, Edinburgh University, Scotland "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." Harriet Tubman

3. Dec – Deryck Irving (greenspace scotland), Dunfermline Public Park, Scotland “A city is more than a place in space. It is a drama in time.” Patrick Geddes The park is being brought back to life by the local community using a mix of history, art, lighting and events. They are also looking at how the design and management of the park can contribute to climate action for future citizens.

3. Dec – Deryck Irving (greenspace scotland), Dunfermline Public Park, Scotland “A city is more than a place in space. It is a drama in time.” Patrick Geddes The park is being brought back to life by the local community using a mix of history, art, lighting and events. They are also looking at how the design and management of the park can contribute to climate action for future citizens.

4.Dec - Mark Donaldson, Outside Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow's home to rock n roll

4.Dec - Mark Donaldson, Outside Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow's home to rock n roll "It's better to burn out than fade away" Neil Young 'Hey hey' My My (Into the Black)'

5.Dec - Michael Dougall, Barra’s Park, Glasgow ‘I feed the pigeons, I sometimes feed the sparrows too. It gives me a sense of enormous well-being’   BLUR: Parklife. 1994

5.Dec - Michael Dougall, Barra’s Park, Glasgow ‘I feed the pigeons, I sometimes feed the sparrows too. It gives me a sense of enormous well-being’ BLUR: Parklife. 1994

6. Dec – Michele Vidiri, Courtyard outside Starbucks, Bellingham, WA USA  Never stop dreaming! “Dreams don’t come true. Dreams are made true.” Russell Wilson #GoHawks

6. Dec – Michele Vidiri, Courtyard outside Starbucks, Bellingham, WA USA Never stop dreaming! “Dreams don’t come true. Dreams are made true.” Russell Wilson #GoHawks

7.Dec - Evan (8yrs) & Molly (5yrs), Moseley Park, Birmingham, England -

7.Dec - Evan (8yrs) & Molly (5yrs), Moseley Park, Birmingham, England - "Parks are for play and not for sighing. In the park we are flying. Our hearts are full of joy." EAFH (Evan Andrew Francis Hunt) - "Parks are for eating lollipops" Molly - Moseley Park and pool is a green haven behind the shops and offices in Moseley. Suburb of Brum. Where Daddy's office is.

8. Dec - Lucy Beltrán (Fife Architects), Crail Christmas Tree, Crail, Fife, Scotland

8. Dec - Lucy Beltrán (Fife Architects), Crail Christmas Tree, Crail, Fife, Scotland "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. Dec – Glynn Scott, Portobello Beach, Edinburgh’s Seaside, Scotland  “At the beach, Life is Different l Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment l We live by the currents l Plan by the tides l And follow the sun”

9. Dec – Glynn Scott, Portobello Beach, Edinburgh’s Seaside, Scotland “At the beach, Life is Different l Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment l We live by the currents l Plan by the tides l And follow the sun”

10.Dec - Timo Amann (m-e-s-s) & Kerstin Ruppenthal, Alter Messplatz, Mannheim, Germany

10.Dec - Timo Amann (m-e-s-s) & Kerstin Ruppenthal, Alter Messplatz, Mannheim, Germany "public space is the cradle of democracy"

11. Dec – Stone Opera, Virginia Court in Glasgow, Scotland, a wee oasis in the urban hustle and bustle.  ‘Sshhtt……..’

11. Dec – Stone Opera, Virginia Court in Glasgow, Scotland, a wee oasis in the urban hustle and bustle. ‘Sshhtt……..’

12. Bruce Munro: one of my favorite places in Glencoe, Scotland

12. Bruce Munro: one of my favorite places in Glencoe, Scotland "Can't keep my eyes from the circling skies, tongue tied and twisted just an earthbound misfit, I" from Pink Floyd's Learning to Fly

13. Dec – Malcolm Fraser, Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland.  “I thought Edinburgh was Blessed to have a Mountain at its Heart  ....but up here it feels more like its Soul”

13. Dec – Malcolm Fraser, Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland. “I thought Edinburgh was Blessed to have a Mountain at its Heart ....but up here it feels more like its Soul”

14.Dec - Isabel+Clara Garriga, Holmes Miller (architects), Just across the gates from Kelvingrove Park in a garden between Derby & Bentick Street, Glasgow, Scotland

14.Dec - Isabel+Clara Garriga, Holmes Miller (architects), Just across the gates from Kelvingrove Park in a garden between Derby & Bentick Street, Glasgow, Scotland "if living is good, dreaming is even better, and the best of all, awakening " Antonio Machado

15. Dec - Diarmaid Lawlor, A+DS, Calton Road, Edinburgh, Scotland

15. Dec - Diarmaid Lawlor, A+DS, Calton Road, Edinburgh, Scotland "Potential is about seeing something in nothing. Generosity is about sharing the possibilities." I walk Calton Road everyday. Someone told me once they imagine this street as a park which wraps up around the topography of the city like an old, familiar, and loved coat. Imagine the city of imaginations where we all share the possibility of potential.

15. Dec – Tabea Treier & Janine Tüchsen, Assistens Kirkegård, Copenhagen, Denmark - “De fleste mennesker haster så stærkt efter nydelsen, at de haster den forbi.” (“Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.”) Søren A. Kierkegaard -  The star is hanging in Assistens Kirkegård in Copenhagen, not far from Søren Kirkegaard’s grave, a project Janine has been working on over the last time. Søren Aabye Kierkegaard is widely considered as one of the greatest danish philosophers.

15. Dec – Tabea Treier & Janine Tüchsen, Assistens Kirkegård, Copenhagen, Denmark - “De fleste mennesker haster så stærkt efter nydelsen, at de haster den forbi.” (“Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.”) Søren A. Kierkegaard - The star is hanging in Assistens Kirkegård in Copenhagen, not far from Søren Kirkegaard’s grave, a project Janine has been working on over the last time. Søren Aabye Kierkegaard is widely considered as one of the greatest danish philosophers.

17. Dec - Iris Sohl, Maille Park, Esslingen, Germany -

17. Dec - Iris Sohl, Maille Park, Esslingen, Germany - "A river has so many things to say that it is hard to know what it says to each of us." Noman Maclean from the book A river runs through it. / I put the star up at Maille park, build as an island in the river Neckar located in the medieval center of the town Esslingen, Germany. It is a meeting point for people of all ages at all seasons - simple but as it should be!

18. Dec – Reggie Tricker, Granton Harbour, Edinburgh, Scotland -  “I looked out across the river today.” From this location, the shores of Fife, to the north across the Forth, are an equivalent distance to Edinburgh’s ring road to the south of the city – meaning the Forth here provides the equivalent open space to the whole of the city it abuts. It’s an amazing 5 miles from Granton to the other side of the Forth at Burntisland, where the fireworks are a distant spec come Nov 5th. Granton harbour and the adjacent parts of the Forth are a great way to get fresh air and a fresh outlook. Now quiet, these once served an important trading and industrial function, where the value of the open space was only experienced by those travelling further offshore. The quote on the star draws parallels with another formerly industrialised river, the Tyne in Newcastle, from the song All This Time. On the reverse reads, “and all this time, the river flows, endlessly to the sea”.

18. Dec – Reggie Tricker, Granton Harbour, Edinburgh, Scotland - “I looked out across the river today.” From this location, the shores of Fife, to the north across the Forth, are an equivalent distance to Edinburgh’s ring road to the south of the city – meaning the Forth here provides the equivalent open space to the whole of the city it abuts. It’s an amazing 5 miles from Granton to the other side of the Forth at Burntisland, where the fireworks are a distant spec come Nov 5th. Granton harbour and the adjacent parts of the Forth are a great way to get fresh air and a fresh outlook. Now quiet, these once served an important trading and industrial function, where the value of the open space was only experienced by those travelling further offshore. The quote on the star draws parallels with another formerly industrialised river, the Tyne in Newcastle, from the song All This Time. On the reverse reads, “and all this time, the river flows, endlessly to the sea”.

19. Dec - Debbie Robbins, Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane, Australia -

19. Dec - Debbie Robbins, Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane, Australia - "No matter where you go you'll always be a star."

20. Dec - Ralf Krüger, town pier, Koroni, Greece -

20. Dec - Ralf Krüger, town pier, Koroni, Greece - "As urban as it gets in rural Messinia..."

21. Dec - Angus (4 Years), playground at the old ramparts, Greifswald, Germany -

21. Dec - Angus (4 Years), playground at the old ramparts, Greifswald, Germany - "Ich gehe gerne zum Spielplatz." ("I like to go to the playground.") On the front of the star we were playing crosses and hearts.

22. Dec - Andy McBride, Dunfermline Fire Station, Scotland - The placing of my star is not one of natural picturesque beauty, or on a site concerning anyone of historical importance or inspirational value, but instead, a place that initially invites the viewer to engage first, to recognise the location and what it actually means. It is hung on the top floor of the fire tower at the Dunfermline fire station in Fife. I chose this because I hold the highest esteem and regard for my fellow brother and sister firefighters. We are ordinary individuals, who stand as protectors of people, life, and property. The height of the tower symbolises both our protective overview of the whole community we serve, like a beacon, but also as a monument of fortitude, steadfast in virtue and endurance, and rising to meet all challenges which we as firefighters face and have to deal with every single day of our professional lives.

22. Dec - Andy McBride, Dunfermline Fire Station, Scotland - The placing of my star is not one of natural picturesque beauty, or on a site concerning anyone of historical importance or inspirational value, but instead, a place that initially invites the viewer to engage first, to recognise the location and what it actually means. It is hung on the top floor of the fire tower at the Dunfermline fire station in Fife. I chose this because I hold the highest esteem and regard for my fellow brother and sister firefighters. We are ordinary individuals, who stand as protectors of people, life, and property. The height of the tower symbolises both our protective overview of the whole community we serve, like a beacon, but also as a monument of fortitude, steadfast in virtue and endurance, and rising to meet all challenges which we as firefighters face and have to deal with every single day of our professional lives.

23. Dec - Morgane Chavaneau, Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris, France -

23. Dec - Morgane Chavaneau, Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris, France - "Mais au bout du ch'min dis-moi c'qu'y va rester De notre p'tit passage dans ce monde effréné ? Après avoir existé pour gagner du temps, On s'dira que l'on était finalement… Que des étoiles filantes." (Les Cowboys Fringants, "Les étoiles filantes") / "But at the end of the road, tell me what will remain Of our short stay in this hectic world? After having existed to save time, We'll tell ourselves that in the end we were Only shooting stars." (from Les Cowboys Fringants, "The shooting stars") - The "Buttes Chaumont" is park that I know since my childhood. For years and years, I've seen it evolving, from the gigantic world I perceived as a child to the pleasant place where I still like to roam. As I keep exploring it from time to time, crowded by families, joggers, solitary walkers, children playing (as I did more than a decade ago), it also reminds me a lot, now, how things and time can go so fast.

24. Dec – Matt Baker, West Bank of the River Nith in the centre of Dumfries at the end of the Caul (weir), with the Auld Brig in the background, Scotland - “You can’t beat a thousand butterflies with a gun… But you can beat a gun with a thousand butterflies.” Sear Alba  Public Space: In the middle of the night on 17th September 20 members of the Yes Army (Tactical Division – Dumfries) walked over the Caul (weir) across the River Nith (water was lower at the time!) and secured 25 Yes flags along the length of the Caul. At that moment we were free, we were beautiful and we were lairds of all we surveyed.

24. Dec – Matt Baker, West Bank of the River Nith in the centre of Dumfries at the end of the Caul (weir), with the Auld Brig in the background, Scotland - “You can’t beat a thousand butterflies with a gun… But you can beat a gun with a thousand butterflies.” Sear Alba Public Space: In the middle of the night on 17th September 20 members of the Yes Army (Tactical Division – Dumfries) walked over the Caul (weir) across the River Nith (water was lower at the time!) and secured 25 Yes flags along the length of the Caul. At that moment we were free, we were beautiful and we were lairds of all we surveyed.

For the second year running Liane and myself (UrbanPioneers) have invited 24 participants from around the world to hang a shooting star each on an open public place. This year we are asking participants to share a message with their star to encourage people to look at our open spaces more closely, think about which ones we like, what they can offer but also bring something to them for others to discover.