Exhibition at the Museum of Bath Architecture
An exhibition about how architecture has the power to commemorate the dead.
Planning for the Public Good, with Pooja Agrawal and Finn Williams
The public sector has a rich history of driving innovation and excellence in the built environment. However, in recent years there has been a significant reduction in spending on planning and development, and a widening skills gap between the public and the private sector. This adversely affects the public sector's capacity to plan for the public good.
Public Practice is a new social enterprise committed to changing this. By transforming perceptions of public planning, Public Practice aims to build the public sector’s capacity to deliver more homes and infrastructure, and improve the quality of the built environment. Join Pooja Agrawal and Finn Williams, Public Practice's co-founders, to hear how they are reinventing the role of the public planner and attracting a new generation of talented practitioners to work for the public good.
Date and Time
Tue 1 May 2018
19:30 – 21:30 BST
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Rook Lane Chapel
About the festival
For the 70th anniversary of Bath Festivals, The Bath Festival returns as a 17 day multi-arts festival from 11 to 27 May 2018, celebrating the city with music and literature at its heart, engaging with the wider community and bringing the streets of Bath to life.
Book early - some events are already sold out!
The biggest free party of the year!
The biggest night of free entertainment in Bath will be taking place in venues and on the streets of Bath on Friday evening 18 May for Party in the City.
It is all part of The Bath Festival taking place in May, with music, arts and literature events all over the city.
The streets, parks and venues in the city will be filled with the sound of music so if you like acoustic, jazz, classical, choral, folk, world, indie or pop music come along! The evening starts with the Schools Commission in Bath Abbey where children will become ‘festival spirits’, celebrating Bath Festivals’ 70th anniversary through song, stories and visual arts. After dark, Queen Square, Parade Gardens and Brunel Square will be alive with music, local food and drink. Indoor events will take place in 34 venues, with 2,000+ performers and, historically, the evening has attracted more than 20,000 people to the city.
The evening starts at 6pm with a children’s event at Bath Abbey to celebrate the festival 70th anniversary through song, stories and visual arts.
Back to the stone age for a low carbon future
Stone isn’t an unusual material to find on a construction site by any measure, in fact people respond well to it as a natural and innocuous material that embodies geological time and human history. Of late, it has been the unfortunate victim of a major flaw in the modern construction industry which has relegated it to a solely decorative material rather than one with its own inherent structural properties.
Steve Webb talks to the Architecture Club about the versatility of stone as a low carbon material. A material that can be used as both the skin and bone of a structure. Back to the stone age for a low carbon future!
Steve founded Webb Yates Engineers with Andy Yates in 2005. He has a passion for creating artful and adventurous structural designs, and has worked extensively with The Stonemasonry Company on award-winning projects that push the limits of stone. Steve is a Visiting Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, and a Structures Tutor for the Architectural Association’s Interprofessional Studio.
Can you design for the place you don’t know?
Liza Fior discusses The Culture House in Front of your Nose and other projects.
Calling all foodies!
Pub in the Park will be heading to our doorstep here in Bath, to bring a glorious three day feast with the very best food the country has to offer. After the success of the launch in Marlow in 2017, Tom Kerridge and his merry band of foodie friends are chuffed to be touring the country with a stellar line up of world-class chefs, Michelin-starred pubs, plus a selection of other top UK pubs and restaurants to serve their most popular dishes. Combined with great live music, chef demonstrations, top quality shopping and other festival fun, it has all the ingredients for the perfect foodie experience. So sit back, relax and let the 'lush vibes' kick in.
Avoid missing out on tickets and sign up for the Pub Club before 30th Jan for access to priority booking on 1st Feb at 10am (tickets sell fast apparently!)
Come and join us for some summer fun and chill time!
SRA are sponsoring this year's popular Bath Boules event in Queen Square.
Save the date - Saturday 16th June
There is even more to look forward to this year, with the annual festival extended to one week. SRA will be entering a team for Bath Boules Saturday on 16th June. Save the date in your diary and come along and join in the fun and frolics with your family, friends, kids, pets etc!! It is a very relaxed event and you really don't need to be a seasoned boules expert!
What else is happening?
10th June 2018 - Daytime: Trés special summer event!
10th June 2018 - Evening: Cinema dans le Square!
11th June 2018 - School of Boules: Le practice sesh – Experts’ tips, techniques
12th June 2018 -Talk of the Square: Big name, big evening…
13th June 2018 - Anniversary party: Cool company, cool times
14th June 2018 - Creative Bath Awards & summer Party
15th June 2018 - Daytime: Bath Boules, Friday
15th June 2018 - Night: Bath Boules BBQ, hosted by David Flatman (book tickets early!)
16th June 2018 - Bath Boules, Saturday
17th June 2018 - Bath Boules Sunday
Why do we support Bath Boules?
The event supports local charities.
In 2017 the Bath Boules raised a staggering £50,235 for local charities. Over the years the event has raised nearly £350,000. The Bath Boules Charity Trust say:
Many local causes have benefitted from the Boules including Three Ways School, First Steps Bath, Action on Hearing Loss South West, Julian House, Developing Health & Independence, Golden Oldies, The Forever Friends Appeal, The Carers Centre, RICE and Southside.
Read testimonials from the charities which benefit and how this supports there aims.
Where and when?
Look out for your team invite over the next few weeks, which will give more details of what the team is doing and when.
In the meantime.....
Some pictures from the team event last year.
New Into Old: Alex de Rijke
Talk by dRMM on their 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize winning Hastings Pier project.
Local brewer Bath Ales announces support for this year’s Bike Bath event
What is Bike Bath?
A day of marked rides taking in the best scenery of Bath and the surrounding countryside. Around 1,500 riders from across the region take part.
The event starts and ends at the Rec in the heart of Bath. Riders will have the choice of three new rides this year - the 25-mile social, or the 50 or 80-mile challenge. A family entry for the 25 mile route is available!
As an entrant you benefit from:
- A timing chip to record your time;
- Fully signed routes with a back up route map and GPS files;
- Feed stations showcasing the best produce from local food and drink suppliers;
- On course medical support;
- Post ride food and a bar at the event village;
- A high quality finisher’s medal for each distance.
Visit the Bike Bath website for further details including prices, entry details and 'on the day' rider instructions.
There is an interesting lecture series happening over the next few months at Trinity in Bristol called the Heart and Soul Project, about the challenges of transforming and preserving historic buildings.
The events coming up look at how historic buildings are now used for multifunction’s like worship & community centres, and gentrification of areas and how communities suffer and benefit.
Next lecture: Resurrection Man
Evening talk by Architect Tim Ronalds
Architect Tim Ronalds brings a unique perspective on transforming some of the Britain's most iconic buildings. His work includes the significant transformations and resurrections of buildings into cultural venues, like Wiltons Music Hall, The Hackney Empire and Jackson's Lane.
New Trinity Community Centre, Easton BS2 0NW
Starts 7pm, finishes 9pm.
Join architect Peter Barber as he shares a range of projects tackling homelessness.
From affordable housing to hostels that provide residents with much needed space, privacy, care and attention, hear Peter Barber discuss housing the homeless.
Architect Peter Barber’s approach to housing is underpinned by a consistent commitment to radical solutions and excellence in design. The practice has built unusual and innovative projects with clients such as St Mungo’s Community Housing Association, Circle 33 Housing Group, East Thames Housing Group and The London Boroughs of Newham, Enfield, Greenwich, Camden and Barking.
This is socially conscious architecture that looks beautiful.
The Architecture Centre
£8 / £6
Missed the talk? Listen back with the Centre's recorded archive.
Family-friendly festival encouraging children to develop a love of science. Various events taking place across the city, culminating with a fair on 17 March.
HOW IT WORKS:
30 large Bath Plug logos have been placed in a variety of central Bath establishments, either prominently displayed, or hidden somewhere inside.
Each plug displays the punchline to a numbered joke listed here - collect as many of the punchlines as you can for a chance to win fabulous prizes!
You can enter as an individual adult, child or as a family.
WHAT CAN I WIN?
Children under 12: Set of 10 Sidesplitter Joke Books worth over £50
Children 12+: Box Set of 7 Young Sherlock mysteries: worth over £50
Adults: Tickets to Bath Comedy Festival’s fabulous Closing Gala Show and VIP reception on Sat 14th April at the Apex Hotel Conference Suite.
Family: Tickets to Bath Festival’s finale weekend on Bath Recreation Ground.
Winners will be drawn from those entries with the most correct answers.
Don’t worry if you haven’t found them all, ALL entries will be entered in a draw for smaller prizes!
Ambitious experiments, playful exploits and hybrid machines in this free exhibition from one of Britain’s best and most inventive artists, Steven Pippin. His technological manipulation reveals the inter-relationship between objects, mechanisms and the universe.
Andrew Brownsword Galleries, The Edge;
Hear RSHP's approach to tackling the housing crisis with well-designed, factory-produced, fast-build, high-performance, affordable homes. Book now
Join this special event with Ivan Harbour (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) as he discusses the practice’s approach to tackling the housing crisis with well-designed, factory-produced, fast-build, high-performance, affordable homes.
Expanding on themes explored in RSHP’s Saving The City exhibition currently on show at The Architecture Centre, Ivan will discuss projects including Y:Cube in Mitcham, which provides starter accommodation for young people, and PLACE/Ladywell, a deployable residential development using a volumetric construction method providing 24 homes for Lewisham people in housing need, as well as eight ground-floor non-residential units for community and business use.
1 Canon's Rd
£9 / £7
Women in Property welcomes you to a seminar “Comfort is Key”; why we need a fabric first approach to refurbish the current building regulations to solve damp, mould, condensation, fuel poverty, over heating and thermal discomfort.
How could this also solve poor quality and the performance gap whilst reducing the carbon footprint?
Explore these issues with our 3 speakers and there is also an opportunity to network whilst the buffet lunch is provided. The speakers are: Beth Williams - Build Collective, Emma Mathias-Jones - Greengauge Building Energy and Seya Tansill - Stride Treglown
Wharf Room, Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA
Members: £5 Non-members £15
Please fill out and return this form together with your cheque (payable to "Women in Property") to: Catherine Adams, 3 Pulteney Grove, Bath BA2 4HQ. Tel: 01225 445273 firstname.lastname@example.org (Bath Sub-Committee organiser)
My Architect: A Son's Journey
Come and join us for another Architecture movie and drink, this February at Horts.
’My Architect: A Son's Journey‘ is a 2003 documentary film about the American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974), by his son Nathaniel Kahn, detailing the architect's extraordinary career and his familial legacy after his death in 1974.
The film features interviews with renowned architects, including Philip Johnson, Frank Gehry, Shamsul Wares I.M. Pei, Moshe Safdie and Anne Tyng. Throughout the film, Kahn visits all of his father's buildings including The Yale Center for British Art, The Salk Institute, Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
The film explores Khan's family life which involved his fathering children by three different partners, each of whom was kept in the dark about the existence of his other families.
The Director’s Cut Cinema at Horts in historic Broad Street, Bristol offers a unique and comfortable private cinema experience with large leather lounger seats and footstools.
Supported by the RIBA Local Initiative Fund (LIF). Ticket includes an arrival drink (beer, cider or house wine).
Date and Time
Tue 20 February 2018
18:30 – 21:30 GMT
49 Broad Street
Refunds up to 7 days before event
- INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER: Martin Brown gives his talk Imagine Better: Welcome to the New Normal
- CONNECT: with upto 100 fellow professionals and 25 major suppliers
- DINNER: FREE dinner and FREE bar
Tickets are limited.....
Claire has passed on details about some interesting looking events that are being organised by Bristol Festival of Ideas in February and March, to mark the centenary of women’s right to vote (in Bristol).
Bristol Women's Literature Festival runs 17-18 March 2018 at Watershed. Booking is now open for all the events in the festival.
View more information on all forthcoming Festival of Ideas events happening in February and March.
Lift your spirit and quicken your pulse with three pieces from the acclaimed dance company, back in Bath after nearly a decade.
Marvel at Carnava, Chacony and Gypsy Mixture, with the latter featuring infectious Romanian and Macedeonian music.
Various times; £17.50-£32.50;
Theatre Royal Bath;
A series of case studies reporting on recent housing delivery across the city.
Housing and in particular affordable housing is the defining issue of our time.
Successive governments have failed to tackle this issue and cash-strapped local authorities appear to lack either the political will or the financial capacity to address this crucial issue.
The Coalition Government’s planning policies of deregulation and devolved powers did not kick start housing delivery as expected.
Against this backdrop and with a focus on what is happening in the Bristol City Council area and beyond, the Architecture Centre invited UWE Architecture & Planning students to report on conventional and alternative methods of delivering housing since Bristol City Council’s adoption of its Core Strategy in 2011.
This exhibition presents a map of housing delivery at different scales across the city alongside a series of case studies of recent housing developments with a focus on affordable housing provision in the city. Housing delivery is now provided by many different methods and agencies in Bristol and it could be the model for housing across the country.
The Architecture Centre
First shown at the Venice Biennale 2016,
this exhibition presents thirty years of
factory-built housing designed by
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP)
and highlights the need for a revolution
in housing supply, towards welldesigned,
The Architecture Centre
Has anyone noticed yet? It is nearly Christmas.... And, as it is the beginning of December, it is the ideal time to start thinking about pulling out the annual sweater for Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15th December. Or if you prefer perhaps a more sustainable option?
Some Christmas jumper inspiration can be found on loveyourclothes with ideas for decorating a preexisting jumper or swapping or sharing last year's jumper. Also see Jane's blogpost that she wrote last year here, which gives ideas about obtaining your Christmas jumper and disposing of it.
Whatever you decide, let's have some fun wearing the daftest and most wonderful woollies for a day and raising a little money for Save the Children! There will be a box on reception to drop your £2 into.
Here's some inspiration from last year......
The Bristol Young Urbanists are pleased to invite you to an urbanism film night, with subsequent discussion and networking.
They will be screening the film “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” that documents the work of William ‘Holly’ Whyte and The Street Life Project who operated in New York city in the 1970s (synopsis and full event information below).
Location and time
The film night will take place at the Salt Café on St George’s Road on Wednesday 29 November 2017 from 6.30 PM - 9.30 PM.
If you’d like to join them please click here to go to the official event page on the Academy of Urbanism webpage, which provides a link to the Eventbrite event.
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
This seminal and classic film documents the work of William ‘Holly’ Whyte and The Street Life Project who operated in New York city in the 1970s.
Whyte and his team were the first to use anthropological-style observation techniques in the city environment, revealing new insights into human dynamics in urban spaces.
Central to their research was one simple question: 'what made some city spaces attractive to people and others less so?'
Their findings were detailed in a book by the same name, published in 1980 and this companion film is a synthesis of the main conclusions. It documents the natural order of spaces and the way people move through them, offering an intuitive critique of how urban spaces can be improved.
In the preface of the book, Whyte explains:
‘What has fascinated us most is the behaviour of ordinary people on city streets — their rituals in street encounters, for example, the regularity of chance meetings, the tendency to reciprocal gestures in street conferences, the rhythms of the three-phase goodbye’
18.30 Drinks / Nibbles
19.00 Welcome / Introduction to film
19.15 Film Showing
20.30 Drinks / Networking
Bath United have a match on Monday 27th November against London Irish B Team at the Rec. It’s free entry, kick off is at 19.30, anyone interested? More information here.
These matches usually feature reserve players, some first team players who are returning from injury and some of the younger academy players.
Please contact Ewan if you would like to go.
Airbus Wing Testing Facility, Bristol
Site visit to tour the £40m Airbus Wing Integration Centre facility specifically designed to provide the most advanced working environment and tools for Airbus, their suppliers, partners & academia, to deliver the next generation of aircraft wing, landing gear system and fuel system designs. Galliford Try are inviting Women in Property to see the strong floor anchor system before concrete is poured.
The building will house Airbus aerospace engineers working in early stage research right through to in service aircraft improvements as well as emerging technologies.
Please arrive by 12:00 noon for site tour, light lunch and networking. Finishes 14.00.
NB: PPE will be required (this includes Hi-Viz, hard hat & site boots).
Places are limited, so register quickly!
Alex has caught wind of an interesting event that is being hosted at Combe Grove Hotel on the 21st November.
Join Bath's world-famous architectural model-maker, Timothy Richards. Recently featured on the cover of Bath Life magazine, Tim is the owner and master-craftsman behind the only business in the world of its kind, and will be speaking in the Drawing Room, about the models, his craft and what it is to run a busy traditional workshop.
There is no charge to attend the event and the organiser instead suggest guests make a donation to the charity of Tim's choosing: Send a Cow.
Stay on for supper with Tim at 7pm in the Library. There is a cost associated with this, read more details on the web link below.
How to register
Places are limited, to register for one please contact our Sales Manager, Kerri.Gibson@combegrove.com / 01225 834 644 and let her know if you would like to book supper too.
Put your wits (and reaction times) to the test with this fast-paced smartphone pub quiz which has a Disney theme on Thursday 16th November.
Lizzie is organising a team social with a few post work drinks followed by SpeedQuizzing from 7pm at Revolution in Bath.
1st Prize: £50 bar tab.
It costs £1 per person to play, up to 6 players per team are permitted.
Look out for more details from Lizzie later in the week.
Ten points with David Kohn
Ten Points’ sets out the position of David Kohn Architects towards questions of collaboration, comfort and adaptation within contemporary practice, illustrated by past and current office projects. DKA is London-based and established in 2007, currently working internationally on arts, education and residential projects. Current work includes major projects for the V&A, New College Oxford, and the ICA. Past projects include A Room for London in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner, the White Building in Hackney Wick and an award-winning restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts.
David Kohn is Director of London-based practice David Kohn Architects.
Rook Lane Chapel
Operation Christmas child
Last year we had a really good response to the shoe box appeal. Is anyone interested to pack a shoe box again this year?
More information can be found at Operation Christmas Child
Shoeboxes need to be delivered to collection points between 1st and 18th November and Emma has suggested we aim for all shoeboxes to be finished and in the office by 6th November.
After 27 years as the Bath Film Festival, the organising charity is changing its title to FilmBath to recognise that its activities now also include:
- rolling out The F-Rating, championing films directed &/or written by or starring women;
- a year-round programme of pop-up screenings in outlying places in and around the city;
- the IMDb New Filmmaker and Script to Screen Awards, for emerging talent,
- and FilmScore, a competition for young screen composers.
Bookings open Friday 13th October
Full details of all screenings will be available on 6th October 2017, and general bookings open on Friday 13th October 2017.
Visit the FilmBath Festival website for all the latest news and updates and join the mailing list to receive priority booking.
Last year, there was a great turn-out for a lunchtime session of pumpkin carving. Emma Mc took on the humble coconut with truly refreshing results! What creations will emerge this time around?
If you would like to join in the lunchtime fun on 31st October, bring along a pumpkin or similar to carve and some design tools! And for the crocheters among us..... how about a crochet pumpkin??
Smartfone quiz at Revolution in #Bath
We are giving Bath Brew House a bit of a breather, and looking for a quiz that is a bit easier! Lizzie has been scouting around and discovered the Smartfone quiz at Revolution in Bath.
The general knowledge quiz runs weekly on a Thursday from 7pm and played on your Smartphone or Tablet. We are running a team social on 26th October for a Harry Potter themed quiz night. So get your wizard hats and crystal balls ready as we are aiming to win!
1st Prize: £50 bar tab. £1 per person, 6 per team max. All proceeds to the cash pot prize game after the quiz.
Lizzie will send more details about where we are all meeting on closer to the event.
The school term break is looming. Fancy a spooky stamp around with the kids?
You can check-in from 3.30pm at the Temple of Minerva in Royal Victoria Park's botanical gardens on Wednesday 25th October 2017. The event is free and will close at 5pm.
When you check-in to the event you can pick up your spooky stamp card ready to do the trail.
The trail is a short walk around the Great Dell with eleven pin stampers fixed in locations along the way.
Festival of Ideas is working with partners in Bath to extend the festival to neighbouring areas.
In an ever-changing economic and political climate, Festival of the Future City Bath will inspire new thinking on urban habitation and planning. Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most cherished architectural landscapes, and with a focus on urban development in the twenty-first century, it will explore three principal themes: housing, the artist and the city, and great architecture, both locally and globally.
Three days of talks, workshops and walks exploring architectural gems will address the
question: ‘Whose City is It?’, taking in the complexities of a place like Bath, one of only
two cities in the world with UNESCO world heritage status (the other being Venice). How
should cities reinvigorate their character and economy when looking to the future?
For tickets and booking and full programme information visit The Edge website.
Thurs 19 Oct
THE UTOPIAN CITY
3 – 9pm, Various locations
Events suggesting how utopian thinking could develop our cities, and what utopian aspects are already in place. Including ‘Walking Utopia’ a walk around Bath with writer and critic Owen Hatherley – author of A Guide To The New Ruins Of Great Britain and an evening of PechaKucha presentations on ‘Liveable Cities’.
Fri 20 Oct
WHOSE CITY IS IT?
1pm – 6.30pm Assembly Rooms Bath
Taking in the complexities of a place like Bath we look at the local question of future city. What are the best ways to develop an ecosystem for all to contribute economically, and benefit by return? Is public space an answer? Explore the challenges of preserving architectural heritage whilst creating new buildings and welcoming new populations with leading architect Alison Brooks’ (Bath Western Riverside housing scheme), Henrietta Billings, Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, Andrew Vines of Historic England, Jim Heverin, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects and more.
Sat 21 Oct
THE CREATIVE CITY
12.30 – 5.30pm, The Edge, University of Bath
What makes a city a great place to live? Explore radical housing solutions, the city as artistic inspiration and and 21st Century design. Speakers during the day include Stuart Woods (Thomas Heatherwick Studio, Garden Bridge project) Anna Minton (Big Capital), Alex Vasudevan (The Autonomous City), The Design Museum’s Justin McGuirk and artist Rut Blees Luxemburg a photographer and installation artist focusing on urban space.