The Architecture Centre & Knowle West Media Centre invite you to: 

The Place Makers: what makes a place and who does the making?

Exhibition Opening & Discussion Event

Tuesday 5 March, 6-8pm
Knowle West Media Centre,
Leinster Avenue, BS4 1NL

Great places and loved spaces aren’t just created by architects and engineers: this event and photographic exhibition shares the stories of some of the alternative community pioneers helping to shape Bristol. Frances Gard has photographed community activists from across Bristol – Stokes Croft and Old Market to Southville and Clifton – vibrantly illustrating how different people are pursuing the same goal: making their community a better place to be.

Exhibition Opening
See the unveiling of new portraits – Frances Gard has worked with young photographers from Knowle West Media Centre to explore who some of the next generation of Place Makers in Knowle West are.

Discussion Event
Meet some of the community pioneers photographed for the exhibition, share stories, find out about pioneering tactics and tools that people are using to make the places they live better, and explore how this DIY energy can have a bigger impact on our cities.

Participants include: Leighton De Burca (Old Market Community Association), Ben Barker (Southville Centre), Frances Gard (photographer), Jeff Bishop (Place Studio), and Levi Hodge (Youth Moves).

New Music Video Screening
Watch a new music video shot in the streets of Knowle West by local artist Makala Cheung.

This event is free, but you need to book a place.
Please rsvp to melissa.mean@kwmc.org.uk

Free transport is available from the Architecture Centre to and from KWMC
Please contact Melissa to book a place.

Assessing and Responding to Planning Applications

10, 17, 24 April 2013

This course is intended for members of Bristol Civic Society, the Neighbourhood Planning Network and other Community Associations who wish to make informed responses to planning applications for building developments. It comprises three evening sessions. The first two sessions are lectures that cover the legal framework of planning and Bristol’s local planning policies. A scheme for assessing proposed developments will be provided. The third session is devoted to practical exercises with case studies.

The two lecture evenings are provided by staff from the Department of Planning and Architecture, University of the West of England (UWE) and the case study evening is provided by architects from Bristol and Bath Royal Institute of British Architects (B&B. RIBA).
The outline syllabus is given below.
Due to the goodwill of UWE and B&B.RIBA we are able to offer this course for only £10 per person.

The Venue will be the
YHA Conference room, 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol,
To book a place on the course, or for more information,
please email networkadministrator@bristolnpn.net 
Outline Syllabus
Evening 1

Making sense of development plans and policy : Dave Johnson, Asst Head of Dept, Department of Planning and Architecture, UWE .

Why have a planning system? A brief explanation of how and why the planning system evolved.

The policy hierarchy and its status in decision making

Applying policy framework to the Bristol City area.


Evening 2

Design and development : Sandra Manley, Asst Head of Dept, Department of Planning and Architecture, UWE and Patrick Dempsey, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Construction and Property.

How are design decisions made?

What can local planning authorities achieve in relation to design quality

Issues facing developers in a time of recession.

Evening 3

An Interactive workshop led by Sian Smith , Bristol and Bath RIBA, exploring the design and legislation issues and considerations embedded in the planning process.

Local listing.

A reminder that you are invited to nominate buildings for a local list.
Here is the link

RTPI conference South West

Papers from this conference are now posted on the RTPI website here