The Edge, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
Parallel (of Life and) Architecture exhibition
Until Saturday 4 November, open Tuesday – Thursday 11am – 8pm, Friday and Saturday 11am – 5pm, closed Mondays, free admission
Parallel (of Life and) Architecture will see three duos of architects, artists and designers offer new insight into the legacy of Alison and Peter Smithson. It explores their relationship with the avant-garde and ‘architecture as a direct result of a way of life’ (A+PS). Known for their progressive approach, the Smithsons were key figures in the Brutalism movement and had a great fondness for Bath and the surrounding area. Parallel (of Life and) Architecture will be the first exhibition in the autumn season – the finale of events at The Edge celebrating the University’s 50th Anniversary year.
This exhibition brings together the work of Turner Prize winning collective Assemble & Simon Terrill, Warren & Mosley, and The Decorators & GOIG who will each take key developments in the Smithsons’ oeuvre as creative departure points to highlight their impact and lasting relevance as radical thinkers.
Festival of the Future City Bath: Life in the modern metropolis, Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 October
The very first Festival of the Future City is coming to Bath this month, presented by The Edge, Architecture Is and Modern Culture. Set in one of the most cherished architectural landscapes, three days of walks, talks, exhibitions and workshops will focus on urban development in the 21st century. Join a variety of leading thinkers, writers, architects and artists, including local film director Ken Loach who gives his own vision for the city, as they help signpost the way and consider the question of how cities should look to the future.
Robin Hood Gardens Remembered, Friday 3 November, 6.30pm
An evening considering the much debated subject of Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens in London; a social housing offering scheduled for demolition. How will Robin Hood Gardens be remembered once it’s gone?
Alison and Peter Smithson: Ideas & Impact, Saturday 4 November, 11am – 4pm
A very special symposium that draws together a variety of leading international architects, artists and thinkers to consider the ideas and impact of the Smithsons across urbanism, habitation and education. Speakers include Simon Smithson, Peter Salter (2017 RIBA award winner and project architect for Alison and Peter Smithson), Assemble, Christine Boyer, David Turnbull, Keith Bradley, Juliet Bidgood, Dr Amy Frost (Bath Preservation Trust) and more. Admission: £45, includes lunch and refreshments.