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April 2017

EXHIBITION: Jubilate: music and science in 18th century Bath

April 17 - December 10
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy, 19 New King Street
Bath, Somerset BA1 2BL United Kingdom
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Links #RoyalCrescent250 celebrations with the 250th anniversary of William Herschel being appointed Director of Music in Bath. Herschel went on to make major astronomical achievements including the discovery of the planet Uranus in 1781, but his passion for music continued throughout his life. He was a prolific composer, musician and teacher. We explore the vibrant musical scene in the City during the period of the Enlightenment and its importance to the social makeup and cultural like of Bath when it…

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June 2017

EXHIBITION: A View from the Crescent

June 24 - November 19
No.1 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LR United Kingdom + Google Map

An exhibition celebrating the Royal Crescent through the eyes of prominent artists and examining its role in the development of the city and in people. Looking at paintings, prints and photographs we observe how they have responded to the beauty of the building and its setting. Views by artists from the 18th century to the present day – including Thomas Malton’s Views from the Royal Crescent, on loan from the Victoria Art Gallery – will teach us about the history…

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EXHIBITION: Past, Present, Future: Bath and the Smithsons

June 24 - November 26
Museum of Bath Architecture, The Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, The Vineyards, Paragon
Bath, Somerset BA1 5NA United Kingdom
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200 years after the Royal Crescent was built, Alison and Peter Smithson, England’s most influential post-war architects, looked to the historic city to inspire their modern designs.  As we mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Crescent this exhibition explores the extraordinary connection between old and new in the Smithson’s work, and the buildings they designed for Bath.  

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October 2017

The Festival of the Future City – Owen Hatherley – Architecture & Utopia (A Walk in the City of Bath)

October 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
No.1 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LR United Kingdom + Google Map
£12

Join writer and critic Owen Hatherley – author of A Guide to the Ruins of Great Britain – for a walk around the city on the topic of architecture and utopia. See the city afresh with one of the UK’s leading architecture critics together with guests including ‘utopian’ artist Owen Griffiths and Dr Amy Frost, Curator of  The Museum of Bath Architecture.

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The Festival of the Future City – Alison Brooks, Henrietta Billings, Tanvir Hasan: Preserving Utopia

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street
Bath, BA1 2QH
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£9

What could a masterplan for Bath look like in 21st century? How can the city preserve its UNESCO World Heritage status, and simultaneously evolve through new buildings, new infrastructure and welcome new populations? Leading architect Alison Brooks'  Bath Western Riverside housing is a contemporary scheme that reflects the city’s architectural DNA. Alison is in conversation with Henrietta Billings, Director of SAVE Britain's Heritage, who leads campaigns to preserve Britain’s historical environment and Tanvir Hasan, chair of Donald Insall Associates, one of…

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The Festival of the Future City – What Makes Great Architecture?

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Edge, University of Bath
Bath, BA2 7AY United Kingdom
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£9

Details coming soon Beauty, sustainability, functionality, audacity, sense of place; what are the essential ingredients that make great architecture?

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The Festival of the Future City – Ken Loach

October 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street
Bath, BA1 2QH
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£12

From Cathy Come Home to I, Daniel Blake film-maker Ken Loach has been directing for fifty years. How does his vision around urban development, social housing and employment resonate in the city of Bath, his home for many years? How can complexities around housing and jobs be resolved in the complex, heritage-driven landscape of a UNESCO city? Ken Loach will talk about these themes and then offer the discussion to the audience

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The Festival of Future City – Justin McGuirk, Anna Minton, Alex Vasudevan: Housing in the Future City

October 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Edge, University of Bath
Bath, BA2 7AY United Kingdom
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Housing is a critical political issue in the UK and the West, and the design and provision of good quality homes is vital to the success of the future city. Justin McGuirk, author of  Radical Cities, looks to activist urbanism in Latin America for imaginative design solutions. Anna Minton's  writing and research has put issues of social housing and the privatization of public space in the public eye, as in her new book Big Capital. Alex Vasudevan’s The Autonomous City – a global history of squatting…

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The Festival of Future City of Bath – Rut Blees Luxemburg, Melanie Marchot, Owen Griffiths: The Artist and the City

October 21 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Edge, University of Bath
Bath, BA2 7AY United Kingdom
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How does architecture and urban space inspire and shape the work of leading contemporary artists? Through photography, installation and performance Rut Blees Luxemburg's works critiqued representations of the contemporary city through photography and installation. Melanie Manchot's work explores performance and participation of people in urban space; her recent film work Parkour, follows the runs, jumps and somersaults of a parkour runner across the city of Newcastle. Owen Griffiths is an artist who works collaboratively with communities to reimagine landscape and its uses.…

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The Festival of the Future City – Jim Heverin (Zaha Hadid Architects), Andrew Vines & Guests: Imagining the Future

October 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street
Bath, BA1 2QH
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How can new buildings transform historical environments and what does the ‘wow factor’ of radical contemporary architecture say about a city’s image and ideology? Eric Parry’s extension to the Holburne Museum eventually won plaudits but it wasn’t an easy sell to begin with. Join director at Zaha Hadid Architect, JIM HEVERIN, whose overseen projects including the Port House in Antwerp, a radical addition to the cityscape, reflecting the city’s shipping and diamond trading heritage and ANDREW VINES, Regional Director at…

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