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16 Narrow Quay

Wed 24 Jan 2018
18:30 - 20:00

£9 / £7

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Housing is one of our most basic needs and is more than just a roof over our heads.  The places we live can affect our health in many ways, from the materials used in construction to the urban planning that locates and shapes the built environment.

Architecture has a key role in our wellbeing: creating individual dwellings designed to give us the space, light and comfort we need to thrive and planning neighbourhoods that help to create communities and encourage activity that benefits our mental and physical health.

Set against the backdrop of a housing crisis can we avoid the mistakes of the past and create a healthier, happier environment? How can the urgent need for mass housing be met whilst ensuring that the housing we deliver has a positive effect on our health and wellbeing?

Join architects Sarah Wigglesworth, Alex Ely (Mae Architects) and Simon Bayliss (HTA) for an examination of the role of architects in creating housing that gives us more than shelter.

“If Britain does build a million homes, let's not make a million more people lonely.” Pragya Agarwal

This event is in partnership with UWE and is the public launch event for the academic conference Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live (25-26 Jan). The conference is organised by the interdisciplinary research organisation AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society); its academic journal Architecture_MPS; the Department of Architecture and the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of the West of England. It forms part of the AMPS programme of events, Housing – Critical Futures.

More About the Speakers:

Sarah Wigglesworth

Sarah Wigglesworth MBE RDI is an award-winning architect and until recently was Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. She combines academic research such as DWELL (Designing for Wellbeing in Environments for Later Life) with her own architecture practice committed to sustainable, people-centred design.

Alex Ely, Mae Architects

Alex Ely founded Mæ in 2001. The practice has an international reputation for innovation and excellence. Alongside his architectural work, Alex advises government and its agencies on the built environment. Alex is a Mayor’s Design Advocate, CABE Built Environment Expert, a member of the GLA’s and LLDC’s Review Panels and the RIBA’s Housing Policy Group. He is a frequent public speaker at national and international urban and design forums.

Simon Bayliss, HTA

Simon is a Managing Partner of HTA, an award-winning multidisciplinary design consultancy to the residential development and regeneration sectors, renowned for its focus on working with housing providers and local communities to deliver great places.

HTA has over 40 years experience providing comprehensive design services for the delivery of a wide range of private and affordable housing, major redevelopment/ regeneration projects (both newbuild and refurbishment) and estate modernisation.