How does architecture and urban space inspire and shape the work of leading contemporary artists?
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.
From Cathy Come Home to I, Daniel Blake film-maker Ken Loach has been directing for fifty years. 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? Ken Loach will talk about these themes and then offer the discussion to the audience
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? Eric Parry’s extension to the Holburne Museum eventually won plaudits but it wasn’t an easy sell to begin with
What could a masterplan for Bath look like in 21st century? How can the city preserve its UNESCO World Heritage status, and simultaneously evolve through new buildings, new infrastructure and welcome new populations?
Cities like Melbourne, Vienna, Vancouver, Copenhagen are often held up to be the world’s most ‘liveable cities’. What about the UK? Bath is smaller but enjoys qualities that are the envy of many other cities, making it a highly desirable place to live. But there is huge room for improvement…
Join writer and critic Owen Hatherley – author of A Guide To The New Ruins Of Great Britain – for a walk around the city on the topic of architecture and utopia. See the city afresh with one of the UK’s leading architecture critics together with guests including ‘utopian’ artist Owen Griffiths and Dr Amy Frost, Curator of The Museum of Bath Architecture.