Festival of the Future City: Bath

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Bristol Festival of Ideas is delighted to be working with partners in Bath to extend the festival in 2017. Panels and talks in Bath feature speakers from the creative sector debating topics such as Housing, The Artist and the City and What Makes Great Architecture?

Events on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October are listed below. For further information and booking links, please visit www.edgearts.org/futurecitiesbath

Preserving Utopia
with Henrietta Billings, Alison Brooks and Tanvir Hasan
Friday 20 October 2017, 13:00-14:30
Bath Assembly Rooms

What could a masterplan for Bath look like in the 21st century? How can the city preserve its UNESCO world heritage status, and simultaneously evolve through new buildings, new infrastructure and welcome new populations? Leading architect Alison Brooks’ Bath Western Riverside housing is a contemporary scheme that reflects the city’s architectural DNA. Brooks is in conversation with Henrietta Billings, Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, who leads campaigns to preserve Britain’s historical environment and Tanvir Hasan, deputy chair of Donald Insall Associates, one of UK’s leading conservation architects. Chaired by Elena Marco (Bath resident and head of Architecture and the Built Environment at UWE). Further details and booking link.

Imagining the Future
with Roz Barr, Jim Heverin, Andrew Vines
Friday 20 October 2017, 17:00-18:30
Bath Assembly Rooms

How can new buildings transform historical environments and what does the ‘wow factor’ of radical contemporary architecture say about a city’s image and ideology? Rozz Barr is the Project Architect responsible for delivering the Holburne Museum extension. As director at Zaha Hadid Architects, Jim Heverin has overseen projects including the Port House in Antwerp, a radical addition to the cityscape, reflecting the city’s shipping and diamond trading heritage. Andrew Vines is Regional Director at Historic England, and helps to shape Bath’s future landscape through listing the contemporary buildings that will become future classics. What could Bath learn from other cities in shaping its future? Chaired by Eleanor Young (RIBA Journal). Further details and booking link.

Ken Loach Public Lecture
Friday 20 October 2017, 19:00-20:30
Bath Assembly Rooms

“Like football, Bath is a city of two halves. Can we create an integrated community in this very special place? There’s a mood in the air for change…”

Ken Loach, the globally renowned film-maker, who has captured the social conscience of the nation in provocative works like Cathy Come Home and I, Daniel Blake, presents his festival address. How does his vision around urban development, social housing and employment resonate in the city of Bath, his home for many years? How can complexities around housing and jobs be resolved in the complex, heritage-driven landscape of a UNESCO city? Loach will talk about these themes and then offer the discussion to the audience. Further details and booking link.

Housing in the Future City
with Justin McGuirk, Anna Minton and Alex Vasudevan
Saturday 21 October 2017, 12:30-13:45
The Edge, University of Bath

Housing is a critical political issue in the UK and the West, and the design and provision of good quality homes is vital to the success of the future city. Justin McGuirk, author of Radical Cities, looks to activist urbanism in Latin America for imaginative design solutions. Anna Minton’s writing and research has put issues of social housing and the privatisation of public space in the public eye, as in her new book Big Capital. Alex Vasudevan’s The Autonomous City – a global history of squatting – reimagines urban living and the citizens’ rights to urban space. Further details and booking link.

The Artist and the City
with Rut Blees Luxemburg, Melanie Manchot and Gayle Chong Kwan
Saturday 21 October 2017, 14:30-15:45
The Edge, University of Bath

How does architecture and urban space inspire and shape the work of leading contemporary artists? Rut Blees Luxemburg’s works critique representations of the contemporary city through photography and installation; Melanie Manchot’s work explores performance and participation of people in urban space; and Gayle Chong Kwan’s work with communities puts people at the heart of city identities. Further details and booking link.

What Makes Great Architecture?
with Assemble, Roma Agrawal and Stuart Wood
Saturday 21 October 2017, 16:00-17:30
The Edge, University of Bath
Free, but booking recommended.

Beauty, sustainability, functionality, audacity, sense of place; what are the essential ingredients that make great architecture? Join us for this special debate and have your say with all ages and citizens encouraged to participate. This final lively debate of Bath Festival of the Future City 2017 will be moderated by Architecture Is…, a collective keen to ‘get the conversation going’ about architecture in the region. Special guest speakers include: Roma Agrawal, the engineer on the Shard, Britain’s tallest building and a symbol of global architectural ambition; Stuart Wood (Thomas Heatherwick Studio), whose work, like the proposed Garden Bridge project for London, is both playful and unforgettable; and Assemble, the architecture and design collective who won the 2015 Turner Prize and whose work re-imagines placemaking with urban communities. Further details and booking link.

Bath Festival of the Future City content is presented by The Edge (University of Bath), Architecture Is… and Modern Culture in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Supported by Arts Council England, B&NES Council, Bath Preservation Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, RIBA, Thornton Education Trust, Lovell Stone and Stride Treglown.

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For further details, booking links and venue information, please visit www.edgearts.org or call 01225 386777.

Tickets will be available on the door for all events (cash only). Please check the Edge website in advance for sell-outs.

Venues are wheelchair accessible and signing and/or live captioning of talks can be provided. Please contact Edge box office in advance if required.

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