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Cardiff cityscapes debate     

Cardiff cityscapes debate
THE future of the Welsh capital will be under the microscope on Monday when leading architects, designers, politicians, academics and students gather for a unique debate in the of heart of the city.

Futurecityscenarios will be chaired by the Assembly’s presiding officer Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM and will debate the future of Cardiff as a world waterfront city.

Aptly the look to the future is being held in the former Banking Hall in Bute Street – the heart of Victorian docklands and in view of the modern architecture of Cardiff Bay.

Chris Jofeh of Arup and Chair of Wales Zero Carbon Hub, will lead a provocative panel and audience in a stimulating evening hosted by the Design Commission for Wales, in partnership with British Council Chimera 20, RSAW, Design Circle, UWIC, Cardiff University and University of Glamorgan.

The debate starts the second week of the Cardiff Chimera, a workshop involving more than 60 outstanding designers, planners, artists, architects and engineers from Australia, Japan, China, India, Singapore, Vietnam, Korea and Wales will work on a live design brief in an intensive two week studio in Cardiff.

This is a partnership between the British Council and the Porosity Studio, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, directed by Professor Richard Goodwin; the University of Cardiff, School of City and Regional Planning/School of Architecture and the University of Glamorgan, Centre for Creative and Cultural Industries.

The concept behind this multi-disciplinary design studio is to juxtapose a suite of strategies and visions for Cardiff as a city thinking as far ahead as the year 2020.

The central focus for this studio is small cities/big neighbourhoods. Talk about cities usually focuses on our larger metropolises, as their problems remain so vast.

However, as cities around the world merge and spread with explosions of the suburban, solutions need to be sought which address the old island-like centres with their rich cultures and the rural landscapes they are progressively consuming.

Smaller cities generally are growing faster than larger ones across Europe and are having to think carefully about appropriate urban forms, housing types, neighbourhood facilities, transport systems, green space and jobs.

The symbol of the Chimera evokes the image of a hybrid monster animal, which traditionally combines the bodies of a lion, a snake and a bird of prey. The implication is that we need to embrace a multiplicity of urban strategies and solutions in order to survive as city dwellers and as human beings.

The results of the two-week studio will be revealed in Cardiff on Thursday evening.

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