Congress IX: Towards a Greener Urbanism

Academy Congress IX: Bristol – Towards a Greener Urbanism
22-24 May 2014, Bristol

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The Academy’s ninth Annual Congress took place in Bristol, designated European Green Capital in 2015 and the winner of the AoU European City of the Year in 2009.

Over three days we worked with a host of local and national partners, including Mayor George Ferguson, founding Director of the Academy, to explore the transformative effects of green urbanism. Academicians, Young urbanists and friends from across the UK, Ireland and Europe helped raise awareness of urbanism as a greening mechanism from the perspective of leadership and governance, community wellbeing, housing and the physical environment, transport and movement, the economy, food, nature, education and much more. The Congress included a great mix of study visits, walkabouts, interactive workshops and high level, keynote speakers as well as excellent networking opportunities.

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Reports

Bristol Congress: Bristol & the green city
Bristol Congress: debating the dimensions of greenness

Let’s abolish speed limits, Workshop
Food Resilience, Workshop
Digital Urbanism – Smart City, Workshop

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Programme
Day One – Thursday 22 May 2014
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
11:30 Registration & Refreshments
A light lunch will be provided
13:00 Welcome and Introduction to Congress
Steven Bee, Chairman, The Academy of Urbanism
Welcome to Bristol
Barra Mac Ruairí, Strategic Director of Place, Bristol City Council
Understanding Bristol
Kris Donaldson, Green Capital Director, Bristol City Council
14:00 Boat tour along the floating harbour to explore some of the city’s recent waterside development
16:00 Six simultaneous walking tours across Bristol City Centre.
Advance information
1. Harbourside Redevelopment
Nick Childs, Partner, Childs+Sulzmann
2. Brunel Mile
Andy Gibbins, City Design Group Manager, Bristol City Council
3. The Old City
Richard Guise, Director, Context4D &
Trevor Osborne, Chairman, The Osborne Group
4. Broadmead/Cabot Circus
Nigel Dyke, Director, Alec French Architects
5. Spike Island to Underfall Yard
Geoff Haslam, Director Local Agenda)
6. Nelson Street, St James, Barton, Stokes Croft
Shankari Raj Edgar, Founder Nudge)
19:00 Drinks Reception Hosted by Bristol City Council
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1RL
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Arnolfini – copyright Jamie Woodley

Day Two – Friday 23 May 2014
Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX
08:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:30 Chair’s Welcome to the Bristol Congress
Steven Bee, Chairman, The Academy of Urbanism
SESSION ONE – CITY NARRATIVE: BRISTOL & THE GREEN CITY – SETTING THE CONTEXT
09:40 Towards a Green Capital
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol & Founding Director, The Academy of Urbanism
Towards a Greener Lifestyle
Sue Riddlestone OBE, Chief Executive, BioRegional
Learning from Freiburg
Prof. Wulf Daseking, former Chief Planning Officer, City of Freiburg, Honorary Academician
10:40 Questions and Discussion
11:00 Refreshments Sponsored by Turley
SESSION TWO – DEBATING THE DIMENSIONS OF GREENNESS
Facilitated by John Lord AoU, Founder, yellowbook Ltd
11:20 Creating Regenerative Cities
Prof Herbert Girardet, Co-Founder, World Future Council
This Place is Killing Me!
Marcus Grant, Deputy Director, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments
The Creative Local Economy
Peter Lord CBE, Co-Owner & Creative Director, Aardman Animations
12:25 Questions and Discussions
12:45 Lunch Sponsored by Turley
SESSION THREE – LEARNING EXCHANGE – WHERE TO NEXT FOR THE GREEN CAPITAL?
13:45 Seven parallel workshops looking at different live work streams in Bristol, including:
1. ‘Improving the liveability of the Denser City’ – Biophilic Urban Design for Redcliffe, as a test-bed for Bristol
Dr Mike Wells, Director, Biodiversity by Design; Melissa Mean, Redcliffe Futures; Prof Cedo Maksimovic, Imperial College LondonEwan Smith, Urbanism and Landscape, Arup
2. New Garden Suburb for Bristol?
Richard Guise, Director, Context4D; Geoff Haslam, Director, Local Agenda; Max Comfort, Director, Stroud Common Wealth; Dr Nicholas Falk, Director, URBED; Keith Cowling, Chairman Bristol Community Land Trust
3. ‘Let’s abolish speed limits’ – Reconciling traffic with
greener urbanism
Ben Hamilton-Baillie, Director, Hamilton-Baillie Associates;
Alistair Cox, City Transport Service Manager, Bristol City Council
4. Digital Urbanism – Smart City
Tim Stonor, Director, The Academy of Urbanism;
Shane Mitchell, Director, UrbanPeer Ltd; Stephen Hilton, Bristol City Council; Claire Craig, Government Office for Science
5. Place Making for Profit? – Temple Quay Enterprise Zone
Nick Childs, Partner, Childs+Sulzmann; Andy Gibbins, City Design Group Manager, Bristol City Council; David Warburton, Head of Area, Homes and Communities Agency;
Shankari Raj Edgar, Founder, Nudge
6. Food Resilience
Jeremy Iles, Chief Executive, Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens; Joy Carey, Author of ‘Who Feeds Bristol?
7. Being a Legible City – More than meets the eye
Mike Rawlinson, Director, City ID; Patricia Brown, Chief Executive, Central
15:00 Refreshments Sponsored by Turley
16:00 Workshop feedback and Panel discussion
Facilitated by Kevin Murray, Director,
The Academy of Urbanism
16:30 Panel discussion
SESSION FOUR – LEARNING FROM BRAZIL
Chaired by Steven Bee AoU, Chairman of The Academy of Urbanism
17:00 Closing Keynote Address
Jaime Lerner, former Mayor, Curitiba, Brazil
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The Watershed

Day Two (Evening) – Friday 23 May 2014
CONGRESS DINNER
SS Great Britain
Dress Code: Smart
SOLD OUT
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19:00 Reception Hosted by Aardman Animations at their new studio: Gas Ferry
Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6UN
20:00 The Congress Dinner Sponsored by Crest Nicholson plc andThe Osborne Group
21:30 The Urbanism Awards 2015 Announcement of the Finalists
22:00 Urban Poetry with Ian McMillan, the Academy’s Poet-in-Residence
23:00 Close
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SS Great Britain

Day Three – Saturday 24 May 2014
Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX
POST CONGRESS WORKSHOP
09:00 Registration and refreshments
09:30 Learning from Place
Review of current Academy Programmes
12:30 Close