South West

Intimate Landscapes © Deborah Jones

Architecture Week gives us an opportunity to think about, celebrate and, most of all, to experience architecture. This year’s programme is all about looking up at the architecture around us, questioning why our environment looks like it does, considering how architecture makes us feel and seeing something new.

Architecture Week focuses on three main themes this year: Sustainable Communities, Building Schools for the Future, and Arts and Healthcare. As well as these three themes, there are plenty of events looking at architecture in a broader sense – from professional talks to family workshops; at contemporary buildings and heritage properties; in urban landscapes and remote, rural locations.

The Power of Ten
2006 marks the tenth anniversary of Architecture Week, and this year the celebrations are bigger and better than ever before. Building on a decade of success, Architecture Week in the south west will be launched across the region with a series of spectacular events taking place in Plymouth, Bristol, Swindon and Bournemouth between 16 and 25 June.

Featuring eye-catching contemporary art installations, the events aim to get us all taking notice of the buildings and spaces around us and considering their influence on our daily lives. Full details of the launch events will be made available on the website and will also appear in the local press nearer the time.

The Architecture Week regional launches are funded by Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts, through its Grants for the arts programme.

Architecture Week South West is organised by The Architecture Centre, Bristol, who produce a year-round programme of activities centred on architecture and the built environment.
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Highlight events

Helping To Heal? Art And The Healthcare Environment

Arts and healthcare is one of the themes for Architecture Week 2006. Find out more about how 36 artists worked with Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to create the largest arts in mental health project in the UK.

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Bristol Blitzed Walking Tour

Find out more about the buildings that were destroyed, damaged or performed an alternative role during the war years, on this walking tour led by architectural historian, Andy Foyle.

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The City Of The Future: Presentation By Filmmaker Patrick Keiller

Filmmaker Patrick Keiller presents his AHRC supported project The City of the Future. Exploring the landscapes of films of c1895-1905 from the bfi’s National Film and Television Archive, the project investigates ways in which the city has changed during the last 100 years, and suggests a critique of present-day and possible future spatial experience.

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The City of the Future © Mitchell & Kenyon (courtesy of the British Film Institute) and Patrick Keiller