Events diary

Jun
22
to Jun 24

Kirstie Allsopp's: the handmade fair

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The handmade fair at Bowood House, Wiltshire

Get ready for a wonderful weekend of inspiration, hands-on making, delicious food and drink and your best shopping experience yet (according to the event website!).

This includes a Super Theatre, Skills Workshops, and Grand Makes, which are packed with exciting interactive sessions, plus over 150 hand-picked sellers who will fill the two fantastic shopping villages, and an assortment of quirky caterers to provide delicious food and drink options. 

Car parking Information

Parking is free! That means you can splash out a little on a scrummy lunch, some much needed materials, an extra session or two, or gorgeous goodies from the artisan makers.

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Jul
1
8:00 AM08:00

Ride Bike Bath and finish with a refreshing pint!

Local brewer Bath Ales announces support for this year’s Bike Bath event

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With the countdown now officially on... we look forward to welcoming riders over the finish line and celebrating with them over a thoroughly deserved pint of Gem. 
— Laura Hicks, beer branding marketing manager

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.

More details?

Visit the Bike Bath website for further details including prices, entry details and 'on the day' rider instructions. 

 

 

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Jul
20
5:00 PM17:00

CIAT aspirATion summer social

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Join CIAT Wessex One in celebrating their first summer event, meeting members and fellow professionals.

Guest Speakers:

  • Introduction to Light Steel Framing
  • Oliver Rogan - Managing Director Metek plc
  • James Walker - Technical Director Metek plc

The presentation will be followed by an evening of networking with industry professionals from the Wessex Region. 

Free to attend - register here.

Date and Time

Fri 20 July 2018
17:00 – 23:00

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Location

Racks
St Pauls Road
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 1LX

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Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Arnolfini Talk, Bristol

New Into Old: Alex de Rijke

Talk by dRMM on their 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize winning Hastings Pier project.

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Hastings Pier was the winner of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize. Join Alex de Rijke (dRMM) as he discusses the project which redefines what a pier can be in the 21st century.

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Location

Arnolfini
16 Narrow Quay
BS1 4QA

Wed 20 Jun 2018
18:30 - 20:00

£9 / £7

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Jun
13
5:30 PM17:30

Visualising the future

By RIBA South West

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Join in an evening of conversation about ‘Emerging new technologies’ in the built environment.

The narrative for this event follows innovative new ways of working with customers, demonstrations of technology being used or developed and examples of the changes in culture happening now, in the industry.

Topics included are:

  • Architects Stride Treglown tell us why, where and how new technology has saved the client time and money.

  • UWE Bristol, will talk about their ‘Digital Campus’, a solution they’re employing for the entire UWE estate.

  • ARUP will talk about the ‘Digital Disruption in Design’, how technology is advancing to simplify the way we work.

The evening starts 17:30 with a glass of fizz and canapes in the atrium, and a demonstration of HoloLens will also be available.

The organisers welcome newly qualified architects, Students, RIBA members & friends of the RIBA.

Location

ARUP
63 Saint Thomas Street
Bristol
BS1 6JZ
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Summer fun and chill time at the Bath Boules WEEK!
Jun
10
to Jun 17

Summer fun and chill time at the Bath Boules WEEK!

Come and join us for some summer fun and chill time!

SRA are sponsoring this year's popular Bath Boules event in Queen Square. 

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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:

We are a Bath based charity seeking to help Bath people – in particular, though not exclusively, the elderly, the young, the disabled and the underprivileged. Normally we look for projects where our funding can make a difference, rather than providing monies towards general running costs.
— David Gledhill, on behalf of the Bath Boules Trustees

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. 


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Pub in the Park
Jun
8
to Jun 10

Pub in the Park

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Calling all foodies!

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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!)

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Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

Arnolfini Talk, Bristol

Can you design for the place you don’t know?

Liza Fior discusses The Culture House in Front of your Nose and other projects.

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Join co-founder of muf architecture / art, Liza Fior, as she discusses some of the practice’s recent and current projects including, The Culture House in front of your nose in Sweden.

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Location

Arnolfini
16 Narrow Quay
BS1 4QA

£9 / £7

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Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

Architecture Club, Frome

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.

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Date and Time

Tue 5 June 2018
19:30 – 21:00 BST

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Location

Rook Lane Chapel
Bath Street
Frome
BA11 1DN

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May
28
to Jun 1

Free May half term activities in Bath

Get active and have some fun!

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Join in the FREE Outdoor Open Week from 28th May - 1st June at Better, Bath Approach Golf Course, Better, Entry Hill Golf Course and Better, Odd Down Sports Ground.

This is your chance to try out something new, no matter what your age!

There are a number of activities on offer throughout the week, no need to book, just turn up and enjoy. 

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For further information about the activities available on the day, please click here.

 

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May
24
to May 30

Happy not confused!

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As some of you are aware I am studying an MA in Fine Art part time and have just got to the end of the first year. My course mates and I have organised our own exhibition which will be at Hamilton House Gallery in Stokes Croft for a week from next Thursday (24th) to Wednesday (30th).

The exhibition opening or ‘private view’ will be on Thursday 24th May from 6pm – 8pm and you are all welcome to come along either then or in the week. However there will be a single live performance piece with seven saxophones of an original piece by me on the Thursday night at around 7pm which you are all also welcome to come along to (I’m not nervous about this part at all).
— Andrew

Note for your diaries:
Private view - Thursday 24th May from 6pm - 8pm

More details: Download the PDF flyer

Hamilton House Gallery: 

80 Stokes Croft
Bristol, BS1 3QY

0117 924 9599
www.hamiltonhouse.org

 

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May
18
5:30 PM17:30

Party in the city: get your party hat on!

The biggest free party of the year!

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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.

Read more about the highlights here

 

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The Bath multi-arts festival
May
11
to May 27

The Bath multi-arts festival

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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.

The full programme of events is now listed here

Sign-up for more information here

Book early - some events are already sold out!

 

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May
1
7:30 PM19:30

Architecture Club, Frome

Planning for the Public Good, with Pooja Agrawal and Finn Williams

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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.

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Date and Time

Tue 1 May 2018
19:30 – 21:30 BST
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Location

Rook Lane Chapel
Bath Street
Frome
BA11 1DN
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Apr
26
to May 1

The circus is in town!

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Royal Victoria Park, Cow Lane, Bath, BA1 2DS

0871 210 2100

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Performances

Thursday April 26      7.30pm - First day preview
Friday April 27           5pm & 7.30pm + Open House 11am
Saturday April 28      3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday April 29        12 noon & 3pm
Monday April 30        5pm & 7.30pm
Tuesday May 1          6pm

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Lecture series: historic buildings transformation
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Lecture series: historic buildings transformation

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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.

The first event was really interesting. I suspect that keeping an eye on how this gem of a centre in Bristol manages their development and transformation will provide much food for thought!
— Emma McDermott
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Next lecture: Resurrection Man

20th March

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.

Location

New Trinity Community Centre, Easton BS2 0NW

Starts 7pm, finishes 9pm.

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Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Talk: housing the homeless

Join architect Peter Barber as he shares a range of projects tackling homelessness.

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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.

Talk

The Architecture Centre
Narrow Quay
BS1 4QA

£8 / £6

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Missed the talk? Listen back with the Centre's recorded archive.

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Mar
9
to Apr 8

The Bath Comedy Shopalong

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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!

Click here to enter
 

 

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Mar
3
12:00 AM00:00

Engineered Equanimity: The Machines of Steven Pippin

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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.


Various times;
Andrew Brownsword Galleries, The Edge;

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Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Talk: home building: Ivan Harbour

Hear RSHP's  approach to tackling the housing crisis with well-designed, factory-produced, fast-build, high-performance, affordable homes. Book now

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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.

Talk

Watershed
1 Canon's Rd
BS1 5TX

£9 / £7

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Women in Property talk
Feb
27
1:00 PM13:00

Women in Property talk

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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

Venue

Wharf Room, Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA

Members: £5  Non-members £15

To book

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 catherine@machacoustics.com (Bath Sub-Committee organiser)

 

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Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

RIBA film night

My Architect: A Son's Journey

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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).

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Date and Time

Tue 20 February 2018
18:30 – 21:30 GMT

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Location

Horts
49 Broad Street
Bristol
BS1 2EP

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

 

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Feb
6
4:30 PM16:30

Free design event

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  • 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.....

Book now

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Date and Time

Tue 6 February 2018
16:30 – 22:30 GMT

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Location

We The Curious
Anchor Road
Harbourside
Bristol
BS1 5DB

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Bristol festival of ideas - February and March events
Feb
1
to Mar 22

Bristol festival of ideas - February and March events

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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.

 

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Jan
24
to Apr 8

Foyer exhibition: mapping new homes in Bristol

A series of case studies reporting on recent housing delivery across the city.

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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.

More details

Foyer Exhibition

The Architecture Centre
Narrow Quay
BS1 4QA

Free exhibition

 

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Jan
24
to Apr 8

Free exhibition: saving the city

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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,
fast-build, high-performance,
affordable homes.

Read more.....

The Architecture Centre
Narrow Quay
BS1 4QA

Free Entry

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Dec
15
8:30 AM08:30

Jumper for joy and jazz it up in a more sustainable way!

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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......

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