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CIAM 6 Cities Re-imagined celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Congress International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) that took place at the Bridgwater Arts Centre in 1947. Eighty world leading designers,architects and urbanists met in Bridgwater to debate city futures and explore how post WWII they could; “work for the creation of a physical environment that will satisfy man’s emotional and material needs and stimulate his spiritual growth”.

What is the value of this cultural and design heritage today?
Can the collective ambition and ethical drive of CIAM offer inspiration to place makers, communities, activists and social enterprises?
Does thinking big or boldly necessarily lead to megalomania or equally can incremental bottom up projects led by communities be visionary?
How can the global forces and rapid changes shaping places like Bridgwater be worked with or against to make places that can inspire and meet peoples’ needs with dignity?
With 7 speakers including Lucy Bullivant, writer and founder of Urbanistas, Liza Fior, founder of muf architecture/art, CIAM scholar Andreas Kalpakci  and time for table conversations plus an early evening networking buffet drinks with light entertainment afterwards, this is set to be a highlight of the year for Bridgwater.
Please see biographies of all speakers below.



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Schedule for the Day 
1330                Arrival with tea and coffee, a chance to see the CIAM6 Revisited Exhibition
1400-1405      Welcome to Bridgwater from head of the Town Council, Brian Smedley
1405-1415      CIAM 6, Cities Re-imagined, Juliet Bidgood
CIAM Avant Garde or Professional? Andreas Kalpakci, ETH Zurich
Making Visions with Fuzzy Edges, Liza Fior, muf architecture/art
Planning Collective Futures, Lucy Bullivant,


1525 – 1545   Break, refreshments
1545 – 1650     
Roots up regeneration, Naomi Griffith, The Onion Collective
Housing a Community Land Trust, Lewisham, Kyle Buchanan, Archio
Hands on Bristol and Bridgwater Exploratory, Matthew Jones, UWE
Glastonbury Festival making the Instant City, Spatial Practices, Central Saint Martins
1650 – 1740 Table Conversations
1740               Closing remarks
1800              Networking buffet and drinks
Tickets £40
+ plus limited discounted / free tickets:
We are delighted to have received sponsorship for the CIAM6 Revisited Conference: THINK BIG IN BRIDGWATER which allows us to offer:
· limited discounted tickets for individual local residents, local community groups and organisations: please email for more details
· limited free tickets for schools/colleges: please email to secure your place

Juliet Bidgood is an architect/urban designer who works at a range of scales from the tactical and social to the material to realise built projects or advise on the development of places. She works collaboratively with other designers and with communities, artists, engineers and entrepreneurs. She initiated the CIAM 6 Cities-Reimagined project for Bridgwater Arts Centre. Before moving to the southwest she was a Senior Adviser at CABE and a founding partner of muf Architecture/Art. She teaches urban design at the University of Cardiff and chairs a Housing Excellence Design Review Panel for the South West.

Brian Smedley has been a Sedgemoor District Councillor for 27 years and is currently the Leader of Bridgwater Town Council.



Matthew Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of the West of England, partner at Coombs Jones Architects and an Advocate in Practice for Design Commission for Wales. Matthew is involved in practice-led research around themes of making places and communities. His design-based PhD explored place specific approaches to the development of rural towns and he is leading the development of Shape My Town, a toolkit to help communities explore their place and plan its future. Matthew will be introducing a UWE Master of Architecture Design Studio that will be exploring Bridgwater in 2017-18. He will also be discussing his role as part of ‘Hands On Bristol’, a collaboration between the Department of Architecture at UWE and local community groups connects students, academics and communities through live participatory projects and creative design processes.

The subject of Andreas Kalpakci’s dissertation is the set of techniques that avantgarde architects adopted to institutionalize Modern Architecture. Mr. Kalpakci examines the development and application of these techniques in the making of the International Congresses of Modern Architecture (CIAM) as an organization, arguing that discourses about architecture arose hand in hand with discourses on organization. Mr. Kalpakci analyzes how CIAM organizers deployed narrative, configuration, communication and place of the congresses to address organizational legitimacy, structure, continuity and design. Although the CIAM has been largely studied, this examination aspires to apply the unprecedented lens of an organizational analysis to a systematically understanding of avant-garde architects as organizers.

Dr. Lucy Bullivant Hon FRIBA is a place vision strategist, curator, award-winning author, consultant, founder and Creative Director, ( her webzine on liveable urbanism, and Built Environment Expert, Design Council Cabe, London. In 2010 she was made an Honorary Fellow of RIBA for her services to architectural culture globally. 
Lucy is curating projects for the Place Vision programme for Meridian Water, a mixed use scheme led by Enfield Council, is publications director for the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017, and curator of a participatory project for the São Paulo Bienal of Architecture 2017. Her publications include 4d Hyperlocal (AD/Wiley, 2017), Recoded City: Co-creating urban futures on participatory placemaking (co-author Thomas Ermacora, 2015), Masterplanning Futures (Routledge, 2012), Book of the Year, Urban Design Group Awards, 2014, and New Arcadians: Emerging UK Architects (Merrell, 2012). Lucy has been an investigative journalist since the early 1990s, publishing features in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Domus, a+u, Domus, Metropolis, The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Review, AD, Uncube and The Plan.

Liza Fior is a founding Partner of muf architecture/art The work is always in the public realm even if that requires pushing briefs , building envelope, definition of scope to make it so. . Every project comes with unsolicited research to give greater accuracy to the proposals. Projects range from masterplans to temporary interventions via landscapes and buildings – a continual dialogue between detail and strategy . muf are the only UK winners of the European Prize for Public Space (for Barking Town Square), and were the authors of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2010, where they continue to collaborate with We are Here Venice . muf work mainly in East London . but not exclusively so, advocating the value of the existing in order to articulate the identity of the new. muf architecture/art was established in 1995 and has never had less than 80% female members. Liza has taught at the AA, Yale, RCA and currently at CSM London. &


Naomi Griffith grew up at Tropiquaria which her parents created when she was a child. Building a zoo in an old 1930s BBC transmitter hall helped form a big part of Naomi’s guiding principle that ‘anything is possible!’ After running Tropiquaria for some years, Naomi was the driving force behind the Minehead EYE project, a youth centre/skate park which won a £3.2m Lottery grant, and openned in 2010, for which she remains the Chairman. Last year Minehead EYE took on the running of youth clubs across West Somerset, including Watchet, in the face of county council cuts. She is a founder of Prend Consulting Ltd, a research and consultancy agency, and key team member for Contains Art, a new quayside gallery and artist studio space on Watchet’s East Quay.


Kyle Buchanan is a founding director of Archio, an emerging architecture firm nominated as BD Young Architect of the Year 2016. Kyle’s work has been shortlisted for the RIBA Silver medal and exhibited at the Royal Academy.

Archio have worked extensively on design-led medium sized housing developments. They are passionate about the need to deliver quality housing across UK in response to the current housing crisis. Whilst the political focus is often on delivering ‘numbers of units’ they believe that consideration must also be given to nurturing the existing communities and character of our towns and cities.

As a practice Archio seek-out new methods of housing delivery that can respond to this quantity / quality paradox. In 2016 they were selected against a number of established practices to design the first housing development for the London Community Land Trust. Community land trusts offer a new model of housing ownership where the cost of the home is separated from the value of the land in order to create genuinely affordable housing in perpetuity. In doing so they aim to foster community cohesion and provide homes for people who might otherwise be priced out of their local area.

‘Our organisation is a collaborative team made up of Architectural students from Central Saint Martin’s studying our Masters and working alongside Juliet Bidgood. We are conducting an in depth analysis of Glastonbury Festival and looking at it through the lens of the creation of an ‘instant city’. The aim of our research is to explore and document in drawings, diagrams and photographs a number of defining themes, such as: how the governance of the festival has enabled its cultural and creative development, how strategies for temporary infrastructure have evolved and how an ethical purpose is integrated in the making of the festival landscape. As well as looking at how Glastonbury Festival is prepared it will look at how it is made by its participants, and has been influenced by social and technological change. The themes of; culture, infrastructure and ethics would provide an initial framework for the project.’ – Conor Morris, Central Saint Martins Spatial Practices