Liverpool Performs 2006 - City In Transition - Programme of Events


Liverpool Architects Society Lecture:

The Privatisation of Public Space with Anna Minton.

Date : Thursday 4 May

Time : 5.30 – 7.30pm

Venue : RENEW Rooms, The Tea Factory

Free Admission – spaces limited to 75

A recent RICS report looks at the growing private ownership and management of the public realm and warns that the UK is “sleepwalking into a privatisation of the public realm.” The report’s author, Anna Minton leads a debate tacking some of these issues and looking specifically at the Paradise Street Development in Liverpool .

Booking Information:

RENEW Rooms, the Tea Factory, 82 Wood Street

Telephone: 0151 707 4380





10th Abercrombie Lecture: ‘Model Cities’ by Michael Batty, CBE (UCL)

Date: Tuesday 16 May

Time: 18:30

Venue: FACT, 88 Wood Street

Free Admission – booking is essential

New developments in digital computation now provide us with a unique perspective on thinking systematically about the physical form of the city and about the development of physical utopias. Michael Batty will show how planners, politicians and decision-makers can use such techniques to think about how we might develop better cities.

Booking information:

Sandra Robinson, TPR, Dept of Civic Design, University of Liverpool , 74 Bedford Street South Telephone: 0151-794-3118, Email:


Unfamiliar Journeys - Gallery talk by Alan McKernan,

Date: Friday 19 May

Venue: University of Liverpool Art Gallery

Time: 13:00

Admission free

An opportunity to hear photographer Alan Mckernan discuss his important series of photographs looking at the regeneration of Liverpool .

Contact information:

University of Liverpool

6 Abercromby Square , Liverpool

Telephone: 0151 794 2348




A Better Tomorrow?

Date: Tuesday 23 May 2006

Time: 18:00 – 20:00 pm

Venue: Tate Liverpool , Albert Dock

Free admission. Reservation recommended. Places are strictly limited.

Leading up to Liverpool Biennial, this panel discussion is looks at living for the future. With Jun Yang (artist Liverpool Biennial International 06), Barbara Steiner (director Leipzig Gallery of Contemporary Art) and others.

Booking details:

Tate Liverpool 0151 702 7400.


Liverpool Architects Society Lecture: The Redevelopment of the Bluecoat Arts Centre

Date : Thursday 25 May

Time : 5.30 – 7.30pm

Venue: RENEW Rooms, The Tea Factory

Free Admission - booking is essential places limited to 75 per event

Bluecoat Arts Centre is developing the oldest building in Liverpool city centre as an exciting arts, heritage, cultural business and retail complex for the 21st Century. The Bluecoat also sits at the heart of the Paradise Street Development. Rotterdam based architects Biq have been commissioned to oversee the redevelopment. Here they present their design and involvement to date, at the final of LAS’s lectures for this season.

RENEW Rooms, the Tea Factory, 82 Wood Street

Telephone: 0151 707 4380





The RENEW Rooms Summer Series.

City in Transition: Insights and Reflections

Date: Every other Thursday June - August

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: RENEW Rooms, the Tea Factory,

Free Admission - booking is essential places limited to 75 per event

This informative series of talks, for both professionals and the general public, feature key figures involved in the transformation of Liverpool . Held at the RENEW rooms this regular programme running throughout June and August will provide an informal opportunity to hear speakers from around the country who are either involved in the regeneration of Liverpool or have their experience to share.

Speakers confirmed so far:

Thurs 1 June: Rod Holmes, Grosvenor ( Paradise Street )

Thurs 29 June: Danny Lane , (Artist - Church Street )

Thurs 6 July: Sean Griffiths, (FAT)

Thurs 20 July: TBC

Thurs 3 August: TBC

Thurs 17 August: Kim Nielsen, 3XN (Architects for Museum of Liverpool )

For more details on forthcoming events and to book your place please contact

Anna Johnson

RENEW Rooms, the Tea Factory, 82 Wood Street

Telephone: 0151 707 4380




The Deep Tub and Other Stories: An evening of readings and projections with Ben Katchor.

Date: Wednesday 21 June (Architecture Week Event)

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: Polish T Gallery, 85 – 89 Duke Street

Admission Free

The Culture Company is pleased to introduce the remarkable and respected New York artist Ben Katchor to present an evening of his work.

Ben Katchor picture-stories and drawings appear in the US publications Forward (English Version), Metropolis Magazine and the New Yorker. Katchor produced the libretto and drawings for Carbon Copy Building with New York ’s Bang on the Can. The European premiere of Carbon Copy Building takes place this year at Liverpool 's Royal Court on 25 and 26 October.

The Deep Tub and Other Stories is an evening with Katchor where he will read from an ongoing series of picture stories that appear in Metropolis Magazine on the subject of architecture and design.


RIBA/RSA Architecture Week Lecture: City in Transition with Dr. Franco Bianchini

Date: Thursday 22 June

Time: 18.00 – 20.00

Venue: RENEW Rooms, the Tea Factory,

Free Admission - booking is essential places limited to 75 per event

Dr. Franco Bianchini will examine the implications of the role of culture and cultural policies within future urban strategies, concentrating on the issues surrounding the 'enlarged' city; the emergence of ‘non-places’ the ‘experience economy’, and the increasingly multi-ethnic and multi-cultural composition of cities in the UK and other European countries.

Dr Franco Bianchini is a Reader in Cultural Planning at De Montford University, Leicester.

Booking information:

For further information and to reserve seats, visit or contact the Lectures Department directly:

RSA Lectures, 8 John Adam Street , London WC2N 6EZ

Email: Tel: 020 7451 6868 / Fax: 020 7839 5805



Making Space: Talks Programme

Date: September – October

Venue: aFoundation, Blade Factory, Greenland Street , Baltic Triangle

Free Admission – places will need to be booked in advance.

For 2006, aFoundation has invited Office for Subversive Architecture (OSA) to develop a temporary structure for the roof of the Blade Factory. OSA will maximise the potential of the site in relation to the 360-degree views of the City. aFoundation, with the support of the Culture Company have programmed a series of talks which explore relationships between contemporary visual art and architecture. The talks programme which will be hosted within OSA’s designwill be divided into the following three strands:

Art/Architecture: Collaboration

Speakers will include; OSA, Public Works (Andreas Lang and Kathrin Bohm), Celine Condorelli and Gavin Wade.

The Built, the Unbuilt and the Unbuildable

Speakers will include; Matt hew Houlding, Nathan Coley and Nils Norman and others to be confirmed.

On the Move – Portable Art/Architecture

Speakers will include; MUF, Virtuoso and the Office of Mobile Design.

For full details of the programme including dates and times see


Conference: City Breaks? Art and Culture in Times of Expediency.

Date: 19-22 October

Venue: FACT and Static 23 Roscoe Lane

£25 (£15 concessions). Places are limited.

Increasingly culture is supported as a driver of economic development and a tool to remediate social inequality. This trend has produced a contradiction for art where accountability and visibility jar with self-organisation and the open-ended process of valorisation. City Breaks? explores this contradiction in lectures, panels and workshops, with Claire Bishop, Saskia Sassen, George Yudice, and others.

This conference is taking place as part of Liverpool Biennia16 September – 26 November 2006 .

Booking details:

Liverpool Biennial

0151 7097444


City in Film Symposium

Date: 1 November

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Venue: School of Architecture , Oxford Road

Cost: TBC – booking is essential

City in Film: Liverpool ’s Urban Landscape and the Moving Image is a research project exploring the relationship between the city’s architecture and film. This symposium examines the project’s different aspects includes lectures, discussions and a film screening.

Contact information:

University of Liverpool , City in Film Research Office

Tel: 0151 794 2608




Art & Architecture Journal / Landor Conferences - 2nd National Public Art Conference, 2006.

Date: 17-18 November

Venue: To be announced

The City In Transition: A one day conference plus a one-day guided tour of the Liverpool Biennial highlights.

The conference concerns the role of art, media and culture shaping regional identity through urban renaissance and their relationship with tourism, marketing and branding as catalysts for ch ange , regeneration and renewal.

Booking details via Landor, Kerry Henderson. T: 0845 270 7864


City in Transition – A Public Debate

Date: Friday 24 November

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Venue: Static, 23 Roscoe Lane

Free Admission - places will be limited

To coincide with the publication of ‘City in Transition: A Review’, Static will present a public debate where the reviewer, Paul Sullivan (director of Static) and two other invited guests will discuss the review in relation to the programme as a whole and the wider issues of regeneration, architecture and urbanism.

All programme participants will be invited as well as academic, professional and local interests.

Contact info:

Telephone: 0151 707 1703