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Meanwhile Uses: Catalysts for change

September 24, 2018 @ 18:00 - 19:30 BST

Delays and phasing in the development process can last for years and blight areas in the process. This period is now being recognised as a creative opportunity to test innovative approaches to the use of urban space through the use of meanwhile uses. Join us to explore this topic.

The talk will start promptly at 18:00 and will be followed by refreshments and networking.


Ruth Essex
Ruth is an urban regeneration specialist and artist who for many years worked in Bristol consolidating new strategic collaborations and partnerships between artists, activists and those involved in city development leading to projects such as Capacity Bristol-the city’s meanwhile use programme; See no Evil International Street Art festival; Creative Common – the temporary cultural space and venue next to Temple Meads station.

Shankari Raj

Shankari is a highly experienced, creative team leader and currently on the board of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), London. She founded Nudge group to challenge traditional approaches to architecture head-on, focusing on community-led, sustainable design processes. She is also a visiting lecturer at Cardiff University and Newcastle University.

Shankari created the masterplan and planning delivery for Creative Common, the three-year temporary use project on Temple Meads station car-park. She also set up Love Easton, which ran as a community consultation hub. Following on from this in 2012 she was asked by the London Legacy Development Corporation to do a large piece of research on how to successfully deliver temporary meanwhile use projects for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford, London. She has been at the forefront of the delivery of temporary use projects understanding the mechanisms required to make them happen successfully.


£10 in Advance / £12 on the door

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September 24, 2018
18:00 - 19:30 BST