The Architecture Centre

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The Architecture Centre is an independent organisation dedicated to the exploration and promotion of excellence in all aspects of the built environment. It was founded by the Bristol Centre for the Advancement of Architecture (BCAA), a charitable trust. The Centre's programme includes exhibitions, guided tours, visits, discussions, workshops and lectures. We are also working with schools and colleges on ways of using the built environment as a teaching medium. The Centre's principal aim is to encourage public demand for excellent design by increasing people's awareness and enjoyment of their built environment. We also aim to provide a meeting place for all professions involved in the creation and maintenance of the built environment.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Architecture centre

Opening hours

Wednesday to Friday: 11am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 noon - 5pm

Closed all day Monday

Admission charges

Admission free

Collection details

Architecture, Design

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

City Ideas Studio

  • 18 March 2015 — 31 January 2016 *on now

To celebrate Bristol’s year as European Green Capital 2015 we are transforming the Architecture Centre gallery into a ‘City Ideas Studio’ – a year-long hub where people from all parts of the city can come together to explore solutions for a sustainable future through exhibitions, workshops, talks and events. Collaborating with partners from across the city and beyond, the City Ideas Studio will be a place of production, interaction and engagement and a catalyst for green ideas and action.

The City Ideas Studio programme is based around the key themes of Bristol Green Capital - Nature, Transport, Resources, Food and Energy - presented through a series of exhibitions, studio residencies and events. For each theme, the Ideas Studio will showcase national and international projects alongside the work of local innovators and special ‘pop-up’ guests. A parallel events programme will include talks, debates and family activities.

From eco houses to urban planning, find out about the latest green thinking and have your say about how we can shape healthier and more resilient cities.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.architecturecentre.co.uk/city-ideas-studio

City Ideas Studio: Resources

  • 23 September — 8 November 2015

The Architecture Centre's city ideas studio will once again be inviting projects and organisations to pop-up and take up residence in the gallery to answer the question of How can we make more of the things we have?

Working with our thematic partner, BuroHappold Engineering, as well as presenting projects including those from Ecomotive, Bristol Re-use Network, Bristol Green Doors and Bower Ashton Wood Yard, the third City Ideas Studio residency considers all aspects of resourcefulness. The exhibition explores not only how best to use finite resources such as building materials, land and money, but also how cities should harness the powerful resource of human inventiveness and action.

Website

http://www.architecturecentre.co.uk/city-idea-studio-resources

Shape My City #livebuild

  • 23 September — 25 October 2015

This summer our Shape My City youth programme joined forces with tangentfield and Engineers Without Borders students from UWE for their first #livebuild project. The team worked collaboratively to design and construct a sustainable shelter for the Asylum Seekers Allotment Project in East Bristol. Learn more in this exhibition.

Website

http://www.architecturecentre.co.uk/shape-my-city-livebuild-exhibition

Bristol Family Arts Festival 2015 pop-up exhibition

  • 28 October — 8 November 2015

Visit the Architecture Centre's foyer for a special exhibition showcasing activities and work created throughout the Bristol Family Arts Festival 2015, a citywide celebration of creativity.

Website

http://www.architecturecentre.co.uk/bristol-family-arts-festival-exhibition

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Building for the Future – Every Child Matters and Built Environment Education publication

http://www.architecturecentre.co.uk/education-resources-building-for-the-future

An educational advocacy document produced by the Architecture Centre, Bristol.
This document sets out how Architecture and Built Environment Centres (ABECs) such as The Architecture Centre in Bristol, can use built environment education as a valuable and creative means of meeting the important Every Child Matters agenda. Of interest to educational and cultural sectors.

Creator

  • Amy Harrison - Architecture Centre, Bristol

Publisher

  • Architecture Centre, Bristol

How to obtain

Download pdf from weblink
email: info@architecturecentre.co.uk for printed copy
Free

Bristol Blitzed

http://www.bristolblitzed.org

Bristol Blitzed gives a fascinating insight into pre-war Bristol and its post war development. It includes an architectural walking trail of the city centre which explores the impact of WW2 bombing raids on Bristol's built environment. It is a life-long learning resource on local history and architecture and is suitable for all ages. The website also includes teaching and learning resources for schools. www.bristolblitzed.org

Creator

  • Architecture Centre Bristol
  • Bristol Museums

Publisher

  • Architecture Centre Bristol
  • Bristol Museums

How to obtain

On-line. Can download a pdf of the walking trail leaflet.

O. Space Project Teaching Resources

http://www.architecturecentre.co.uk/o_space_project

A series of teaching resources based on the Weymouth O.Space design challenge project developed by the Architecture Centre in March 2010.
Explanatory teacher notes and resources to deliver a similar project are available to download and can be adapted for use on other public spaces.

Creator

  • Architecture Centre Bristol

Publisher

  • Architecture Centre Bristol

How to obtain

Download from the Architecture Centre website

Sustainable Schools: case studies and event films

http://www.architecturecentre.co.uk/sustainable_schools

The Architecture Centre has compiled a series of case studies about newly designed schools with a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability. In addition we hosted a series of talks by local architects working on sustainable new school buildings in the south west region. These events were filmed and are now available to view as a resource on the Architecture Centre's blip tv page.

Creator

  • The Architecture Centre, Bristol

Publisher

  • The Architecture Centre, Bristol

How to obtain

visit the Architecture Centre website to download

Sweet History?

http://www.sweethistory.org

A website and trail exploring the impact of the sugar and slavery on the built environment of Bristol. Developed in partnership with young people and local historians the trail features many key buildings and locations connected to Bristol's history with the sugar and slave trades. The website contains education resources and podcast material.

Creator

  • Amy Harrison - Architecture Centre, Bristol
  • Archimedia Core Group - Knowle West Media Centre
  • Paul Matson Graphic Design

Publisher

  • Architecture Centre, Bristol

How to obtain

You can download a free copy of the trail map from the website: www.sweethistory.org or email: centre@architecturecentre.co.uk to request a hard copy

The Architecture Centre
16 Narrow Quay
Bristol
City of Bristol
BS1 4QA
England

Website

www.architecturecentre.co.uk/

E-mail

info@architecturecentre.co.uk

Telephone

0117 922 1540

Fax

0117 922 1541

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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