Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Architecture Centre launches the City Ideas Studio, part of the Bristol European Green Capital 2015 programme

City Ideas Studio 1 May 2015-10 April 2016, The Architecture Centre 

For Bristol European Green Capital 2015, the Architecture Centre is becoming a ‘City Ideas Studio’, its programme based around the key Green Capital themes – food, nature, transport, resources and energy – and presented through a series of 10-week residencies. Working with organisations across the city, including grassroots, charities and businesses, the centre’s Harbourside gallery will become a hub of sustainable place-making and a catalyst for green ideas and action. With exhibitions, events and activities showcasing national and international projects alongside the work of local innovators and special ‘pop-up’ guests, the City Ideas Studio will ask five key questions to demonstrate how the ‘architecture’ or ‘shape’ of a sustainable city is about much more than the buildings we build.

The programme and themes:
Food: 1 May to 5 July 2015;
Nature: 15 July to 13 September 2015;
Resources: 23 September to 8 November 2015;
Energy: 18 November 2015 to 31 January 2016;
Transport: 10 February to 10 April 2016

Continuing the centre’s partnership with the Faculty of Environment and Technology at UWE, academics and students will also respond to the five residency themes. The City Ideas Studio will extend outside of the Architecture Centre including children and young people through the My Green City schools’ programme and Shape My City youth project.

The City Ideas Studio is supported by Alec French Architects, BDP, FCB Studios, Ferguson Mann Architects, RISE Structures, Solarsense and West of England Initiative.

About the Bristol 2015 Strategic Grants Fund

A total budget of £1.5m was allocated for strategic grants. Applicants were invited to submit bids for strategic projects which:
• Empower organisations and communities across Bristol to celebrate Bristol’s year as European Green Capital
• Support organisations making tangible progress against Bristol 2015’s outcomes for environmental changes in the city
• Ensure a vibrant set of projects during 2015 which can be shared with other European cities and demonstrate how their work will contribute to the core Bristol 2015 themes: energy, food, nature, resources and transport.
See the Bristol 2015 website at www.bristol2015.co.uk for the full list of successful applicants.

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