Architecture Centre Anniversary Weekend
Architecture Centre Anniversary Weekend
Dive headfirst into architecture on 23-25 September with an open invitation to explore, tour, and ask for advice from architects, experts and enthusiasts at the Architecture Centre, both indoors and out.
Enjoy everything the Architecture Centre has to offer – from guided walks to advice sessions, from live illustration to exhibition tours – on this special anniversary weekend bringing a celebratory atmosphere to the centre’s Harbourside home. The weekend concludes a month of architecture and design events.
Events are free unless otherwise stated.
Exhibition: Place, Time + Architecture
Open throughout the Weekender, visit the anniversary exhibition that traces the changes in Bristol over the past two decades. Read more
Symposium: Place, Time + Architecture
Friday 23 September, 8.30 – 14.00
Discuss the past, present and future of place-making in the city with a distinguished panel of speakers alongside local community representatives and experts chaired by Peter Murray (New London Architecture). Featuring keynote by Ivan Harbour, of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. This event will be at M-shed. Tickets cost £20/£15: booking required. Read more
Join the keynote talk Heatherwick Studio: Making Places with Andrew McMullan, Project Leader at Heatherwick Studio sharing stories about key projects. Tickets cost £8/£6: booking required. Read more
Saturday 24 September, 12.00 – 17.00
Enjoy a range of activities from pop-up guided walks to advice sessions, from live illustration to soapbox sessions at the Centre’s Harbourside home. Visit the website or drop in on the day to find out more!
Our Place Party
Sunday 25 September, 12.00 – 17.00
You are invited to the Architecture Centre’s party! Join in as a bit of Narrow Quay is transformed into a village green with family-friendly activities, a fun palace by the Shape My City young people, an architectural cake competition and lots of creations and interventions by UWE’s Masters of Architecture students, as well as the culmination of Sounding City by Jennie Savage.
Sounding City: Artist commission by Jennie Savage
What do the places of our city sound like? Sounding City is a project exploring people and places across Bristol this summer. Inviting local people to write stories and pen drawings about their home, the findings will be turned into songs and performed by local bands at our big Weekender. Do you want your story turned to song? Find out more
Family Fun Palace
Get creative with this hands-on activity curated by the young people of the Shape My City programme. Together dream up a weird and whacky Fun Palace and then build the real thing with artist Scott Farlow.
Architectural Cake Competition
Display and judging at Harbourside, 14.00 – 15.00
It’s a Bake Off! Local bakers, designers and architects have been invited to recreate their favourite Bristol building in cake. A marzipan M-shed or carrot cake Cathedral, a shortbread Shot Tower or tiffin Tobacco Factory – bring your edible architecture too! Entries will be judged by broadcaster Piers Taylor a local VIP and prizes awarded for winning cakes. The cake-cutting with the Lord Mayor takes place at 3pm.
Plus UWE Masters of Architecture students delivering investigative installation workshops with the public on the ‘gap site’ and Pero’s bridge areas, and family activities to get creative including ‘Make your own Bristol Arena’ with Buro Happold.
Leading up to the Weekender was the biggest ever Bristol Doors Open Days event on the weekend of 10-11 September which launched the centre’s citywide celebration of architecture and urban design. Visit Bristol Doors Open Day website for further details.
The Architecture Centre’s Anniversary Weekender is part of Bristol800 and is produced in partnership with UWE’s Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. Bristol800 is supported by:
Photo of Architecture Centre by Frances Gard.