The Architect Centre’s, ‘City Ideas Studio’

by Jane Denton

To help celebrate Bristol’s year as European Green Capital 2015, The Architecture Centre are transforming their gallery space into what they call the ‘City Ideas Studio’. The space will serve as a hub where everyone from all over Bristol can come together and share ideas and their passions for a more sustainable future, through exhibitions, workshops, talks from professionals in the field and events. Here at Sustainable Kitchens, we are really excited by the possibility of a year-long event generating ideas for a more sustainable future, so we just wanted to take the time to tell you more about the event and The Architecture Centre in general.


The Architecture Centre is an independent and not-for–profit organization in Bristol that works towards the creation of better buildings and from this a better lifestyle for everyone. Through workshops, exhibitions and events they inform and inspire people with what makes good design and why this is important. They believe that ‘architecture is the art form with the greatest impact on everyone’s daily life’, a belief that I whole-heartedly agree with. Coming from an interior design background, the effect the ventilation of a building, or the glare from a window can have on an individual’s health has been proven over and over again and is so important in the design of our buildings. The Architecture Centre is based on Bristol’s Harbourside and has a gallery that is open to the public five days a week.


The City Ideas Studio event has been divided into five main themes; Food, Nature, Resources, Energy and Transport, each taking central stage in turn over the year, as the primary topic for talks, exhibitions and events. Currently the turn of Food, having begun on the 1st May, this topic will run until the 5th July. There is an exhibition at The Architecture Centre looking at the role food has in our lives and how the creation of food can contribute to a greener city. Speakers include leading urban design thinker CJ Lim, with contributions from organisations such as The Bristol Food Network, Grow Bristol, Kitchen on Prescription and FareShare South West. For more information on any of the specific events that you can get involved with visit The Architecure Centre website here, and for more information about Bristol’s turn as European Green Capital 2015 and what this means visit the dedicated website here.


We hope you can all get involved and be inspired for a sustainable future!

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