Bountiful Bristol Bulletin


Some events at the Architecture Center. by nadiacatkinhillman
March 26, 2008, 5:33 pm
Filed under: media, peak oil, Urban Design

SUBURBAN FUTURES

Designing sustainable neighbourhoods
Exhibition: Main Gallery
20 March ­ 8 June, 2008
Like them or loathe them, the ‘leafy suburbs’ are where the vast majority of
us live. But challenges such as housing shortage and climate change mean
that the suburbs face potential radical change. Can we respond by creating
neighbourhoods that are low-carbon, healthy and happy places to live?
This thought-provoking exhibition sets out the key issues and asks how we
might make outer urban areas more sustainable.
It shows some of the
solutions currently being put forward, both for existing neighbourhoods and
newly created ones. These include innovative housing forms that accommodate
more people within the same Œfootprint¹ alongside proposals for sustainable
urban extensions and Œeco-towns¹.
Whether or not you are a suburban-dweller it¹s likely that you will be
affected by these issues. Come and join in the debate about what kind of
neighbourhoods we want for the twenty-first century and beyond.

TOMORROW’S GARDEN CITY
A sustainable approach to modern living
Exhibition: Main Gallery
18 March ­ 8 June, 2008
Letchworth, the world¹s first Garden City, was designed in the early
twentieth century as a community that would combine the positive elements of
both town and country living.
Reflecting this pioneering spirit, an international design competition was
launched in 2007 to design a prototype sustainable housing module to be
incorporated in a future Letchworth development. Prize-winning designs by
Stride Treglown, for an eco-friendly module house, are displayed alongside
other shortlisted entries.

TRANSITION CITY: PREPARING FOR PEAK OIL
Exhibition: Tuesday 29 April – Sunday 8 June, 2008
In towns, villages and cities across the UK, grassroots movements are
addressing the challenges of peak oil and climate change in creative ways.
In seeking greater self-reliance in fuel, food and housing could these
Transition Initiatives lead to the rebirth of local communities? To coincide
with the publication of The Transition Handbook by Transition pioneer Rob
Hopkins, this exhibition highlights some of the ways communities can Œact
local¹ to bring about change in their neighbourhoods and beyond.

AN ECO-VILLAGE ON OUR DOORSTEP
Building the future at Hanham Hall
Talk: Thursday 3 April – 18.30 – £5 (£3 concessions)

IS THE GREEN BELT SACRED?
Talk/debate: Thursday 24 April – 18.30 – £3 (£2 concessions)

SUSTAINABLE SUBURBIA
Density and the suburban dream
Talk: Thursday 1 May – 18.30 – £5 (£3 concessions)

RADIANT CITY
A Documentary About Urban Sprawl
Film screening: Monday 12 May – 20.30 – £5 (£4 concessions)
Venue: The Cube Cinema, Dove Street South

ffi: http://www.architecturecen tre.co.uk

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