Feature:Architecture Week Yorkshire - The programme continues to grow by the week as new projects and events are registered on the website.
Architecture Week 2006 16-25 June
Yorkshire gets up close and personal in the National 10th anniversary celebrations
2006 is the 10th anniversary of Architecture Week, the national campaign celebrating contemporary architecture, initiated by Arts Council England. This year, events across Yorkshire during the week-long festivities will showcase the region's richly contrasting landscape and the diversity of projects ranging from the personal to the commercial, rural to urban and cultural to social. The region's programme for Architecture Week will also get up close and personal by revealing the stories behind the buildings and the private architectural passions of individuals who have made a difference to the environment across Yorkshire.
The programme continues to grow by the week as new projects and events can be registered on www.architectureweek.org.uk right up to 25 June, but to gain maximum publicity benefits individuals and organisations are encouraged to submit their events by 28 April. Highlights in Yorkshire so far include:
? The Light Surgeons, Friday 16 June, St George's Hall, Bradford - an amazing audiovisual spectacular.
? Arc, The UK's first purpose built architecture centre opens in Hull.
? Small Structures, Sunday 18 June 2006 in Hull, Leeds and Wakefield - an innovative collaboration between the profession and the public .
? Building Sounds, Saturday 17 June at Tower Works, Holbeck, Leeds - a fascinating series of crossover events across the day.
? i for Architecture, Thursday 22 June 6-8pm at The Hubs, Paternoster Row, Sheffield - a cutting-edge seminar with Jan Edler and Chris Speed.
For further information and images contact: Anita Morris at Anita Morris Associates, tel. 01943 603311; [email protected]
1. Architecture Week is the annual national public celebration of contemporary architecture that first started in 1997. The Week explores architecture and the built environment via the arts and culture in an entertaining and informative way. The Week includes walks, talks, tours, maps, events, visits to new buildings and architects' practices, exhibitions, family and children's activities, films and picnics. Architecture Week is an Arts Council England and Royal Institute of British Architects initiative in association with the Architecture Centre Network.
2. 'Let's Make it Personal' 10 case studies, containing images and portraits from across the region, available from [email protected]
3. Arc, Architect Centre, Hull Fruit Market, Off Castle Street, Hull. Visit www.arc.co.uk.
Arc's values are to promote and foster design quality in the Humber sub-region, through a range of programmes for the public of all ages, Local Authorities and the property sector.
4. Niall McLaughlin, was born is Switzerland in 1962. He studied in Dublin and in 1998 won the Young British Architect of the Year: Building Design/Corus. Niall McLaughlin Architects is a practice that designs high quality modern architecture, with a strong emphasis on the inventive use of building materials, the qualities of light and the relationship between the building and its surroundings.
5. Bradford Centre Regeneration sponsors The Z-Axis by the Light Surgeons. Visit www.bradfordurc.com for further information.
6. Realities:United is a Berlin based agency which develops and supports architectural solutions, which incorporate new media and information technologies. Visit http://www.realities-united.de/ for more information
Chris Speed For more information on Chris Speed you can visit http://www2.vivaria.net/~cs/
Further Information Programme Highlights
The Light Surgeons
Friday 16 June, St George's Hall, Bradford
The opening night performance begins with an amazing audiovisual spectacular by The
Light Surgeons, in Bradford's St George's Hall. Their performance of 'The Z-Axis'
Provides a live cinema/gig/clubbing experience rolled in to one, exploring the theme
of architecture through the cult 1950s film The Fountain Head, which famously charts the
story of an architect struggling to maintain his individualist ideas against an opposing
society. On stage, three performance technicians re-mix and juxtapose the film with other
classic cinematic moments and sound, referencing architecture and spatial design. A high
energy sound and vision crossover experience not to be missed.
Tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance t: 01274 432000 or visit
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk. Running time approx. 1 hour 20 mins, plus interval.
Arc, A New Architecture Centre Opens in Hull
The UK's first purpose built architecture centre, commissioned by Arc from the award
winning architect Niall McLaughlin, will be fully open to the public from 16 June. The centre
will present an exciting new programme of events and projects for the public of all ages
Small Structures Sunday 18 June 2006 in Hull, Leeds and Wakefield
'Small Structures' is an innovative programme in which Yorkshire architecture firms and artists create 10 small structures, nine physical and one on-line structure, as places where conversations can take place. On Sunday 18 June from 12 noon to 4.00pm final structures will be created simultaneously in sites in Hull, Leeds and Wakefield, with architects and artists talking with the public and sharing their skills. A family event will run in parallel so that children and adults alike can get involved and get talking to architects by creating their own structures from scrap materials.
Saturday 17 June at Tower Works, Holbeck, Leeds.
The Centre for Jazz (Leeds College of Music), in collaboration with Allen Tod Architects, will stage a fascinating one day event consisting of an informal afternoon programme of music, sound and performance with both local and international speakers and performers exploring the connections between architecture and music. The afternoon event concludes with a 4x4 debate, organised by Allen Tod Architects' involving a panel of eminent speakers of acoustic planning, sound art and public space, including Richard Cowell, International Director of Arup Acoustics, Max Dixon, Policy Adviser for the GLAs Sounder London policy and Berlin based sound artist Hans Peter Kuhn who has collaborated with architect Daniel Libeskind and is currently commissioned for soundworks in Leeds.
The day continues with a formal concert featuring a solo piano recital by the Yorkshire-based composer and musical director Graham Coatman and a commissioned collaboration of new works between Leeds-based international jazz performers Peter Fadnes with the Metropolis Ensemble, with Leeds visual artist Kenneth Goodall. The work will use the architecture of Leeds and Yorkshire as its source material for the performance.
The evening concludes with a stylish fancy dress party with the theme of architecture and arts, reminiscent of New York's chic 1920s architectural society.This event will raise funds for St George's Crypt for Homeless People, Leeds.
i for ArchiTecture Thursday 22 June 6-8pm
The Hubs, Paternoster Row, Sheffield
A dynamic seminar featuring two major presentations reveals the benefits of a close
working relationship from the outset between digital art and architecture. Jan Edler, Co-
Director of Realities:United designers of the BIX communicative display skin covering the
Kunsthaus in Graz (Austria), which enables the outside of the building to be programmed
with digital media content,will give a presentation about the BIX project, the Spots Light and media installation at Postdamer Platz. Chris Speed, Researcher from the Institute of Digital Art and Technology in Portsmouth, has developed a number of interesting architecture/digital arts projects and devised the Arch-OS system, recognised as an evolution in intelligent architecture, interactive art and ubiquitous computing, will provide the second presentation.