How should flyover be transformed? Ideas for neglected Bristol space to be explored at UWE-organised event

Issue date: 27 November 2015

Bristolians will be invited to explore ideas for transforming a space beneath a flyover in Hotwells at an event students from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) helped organise.

The Cumberland Basin Bonanza on Sunday (November 29) will be brought to the city by UWE Master of Architecture students in collaboration with artist Anna Wilson and the Art Under the Flyover community organisation.

Activities will include sports on a temporary pitch, a slackline between the flyover's columns, art, music, play, gardening and the construction of planters. The bonanza is open to people of all ages and aims to bring together the community to make changes to their space.

Previous events curated by the MA Architecture team as part of this initiative include one called The Wayfarers. As part of Portway Sunday Park in October, a series of portable stages designed and pre-fabricated by UWE Architecture students were assembled accompanied by music in front of an audience.

Dr Rachel Sara, Programme Leader for the Master of Architecture course, said, “The community engagement is a great opportunity for architecture students to give something back to the city in which they are studying, whilst also learning how to work in real live contexts. Students are able to share in the generation of knowledge by co-designing alongside participants.”

For more information about the event, which will run between 11am and 3pm, visit the Art Under the Flyover Facebook page.

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