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Bristol hosts Danish-British urban planning summit


The Liveable City – exhibition and seminars
19-20 November 2015 at various venues in Bristol

Speakers, chairpersons and organizations from the UK and Denmark will meet to discuss how planners, architects, businesses and local communities can play their part in the development of a dynamic, liveable city.

Danish-British dialogue applies particularly to Bristol, as the city has forged a strong connection with the Danish capital Copenhagen – Bristol’s Green Capital predecessor and fellow frontrunner. The Liveable City provides the latest insight into how the two cities and countries inspire each other to find new ways in which cities can be made better places to live, work and play.

“The best know-how and the brightest ideas must come together when creating green and people-friendly cities of the future. The UK and Denmark are leading the way by exchanging ideas and engaging in co-operations, which is especially true between Bristol and Copenhagen. I look forward to seeing the latest of what our countries’ most innovative stakeholders have to offer, and hope for even more partnerships in the years to come,” says Danish Ambassador to the UK, Claus Grube.

The two-day event features seminars on housing, heat, flooding, health and sustainability, and addresses the question of how to create beautiful cities with a more resilient economy, healthier residents and a better quality of life for everyone. Bristol provides a fitting venue for the Danish-British take on the matter.

“Bristol is widely recognised as one of the UK’s best cities to live, and I’m determined that we make it one of the very best in the world. We are very open to trying new ways of doing things and seek inspiration from people and places at home and abroad. Denmark, and Copenhagen in particular, has been a great influence on me and is a city I feel a great affinity with. I am looking forward to welcoming delegates to Europe’s Green Capital 2015 and sharing our experiences and ideas. We all share an interest in developing great places to live, work and play, with the aim of enriching people’s lives now and in the future”, says Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson.

The Liveable City sees a range of influential and knowledgeable stakeholders come together. Among them is The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which is also one of the partners behind the event.

“The RIBA is delighted to be supporting the Danish Embassy with this excellent initiative to exchange knowledge, skills, and innovation between the UK and Denmark; and the opportunity for architects from both countries to be able to demonstrate their value in place-making and evolution of our cities,” says Regional Director Jon Watkins, RIBA South West.

Alongside the seminars, the exhibition Architecture with People shows a wide range of projects developed by Danish architects creating architecture for people by focusing strongly on environmental, economic and social sustainability. Through photos and facts, the exhibition presents different examples of how Danish architecture is all about creating settings that make people feel safe, generate new opportunities and encourage diversity. Architecture with People will be exhibited at M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN.

The Liveable City is part of the Festival of the Future City and supported and sponsored by Bristol City Council, Royal Institute of British Architects, Sustrans, University of the West of England, Regen SW, Henning Larsen Architects, The Environment Agency, Auto Pilot, Business West, DHI, C.F. Møller, Rambøll and Low Carbon South West.

The programme is free and open to all, and includes the following:

19 November:
Housing Challenge, Housing Opportunity - 09:00-12:00 at M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Growing Heat Networks - 12:00-17:00 at M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Improved Profitability - 14:00-16:00 at M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Who Owns the Liveable City? - 13:00-16:00 at Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol, BS1 5TX

20 November:
Water, Water Everywhere - 09:00-13:00 at Horizon House, Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5AH
Active City, Healthy City - 09:00-12:00 at M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Growing Sustainable Cities - 13:00-16:00 at M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN

For further information, please contact Press Attaché, Kåre Odgaard Gade,, +44 (0) 207 333 0256