Kaboom! Kablooie! Kapow! It’s Architecture Week here in the UK.

There’s no escaping the fact that as an architect with a blog I have a duty to fulfill over the next few days. We’ll get started with a few choice picks from the itinerary in my area, the West Midlands. There are plenty more to choose from on the official web site: www.architectureweek.org.uk”.

I’ve saved the best one till last…

‘Capability’ Brown’s Pleasure Gardens at Compton Verney (June 24)

Sat 24 June, 2-5.30pm
Join John Phibbs and explore the immediate surroundings of the house, the design of the pleasure grounds and their role in 18th century life. £10/concs £8 (includes gallery admission). Event will include a two-hour walk. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


The Creative Prison Seminar (June 20)

The Creative Prison Seminar is a national one-day event which draws on results from Rideout’s multi-artform Creative Prison Project with life-sentence prisoners & staff at HMP Gartree, it will explore the role that environmental design, creativity, & education can play in preventing re-offending.

Venue: The Centennial Centre
Icknield Port Road, Edgbaston
B16 0AA


Produce (June 19,22)

Simon Harris & Dan Burwood present ‘PRODUCE’ The launch of a site-specifically designed market stall, selling fresh local produce,as part of an arts program on the Civic Centre Estate, Ladywood where Residents & visitors will have the opportunity to collaborate with artists. See www.civic-centre.org

Venue: Civic Centre Estate (behind REP Theatre)
B1 2NN


Habitat – T House (June 19)

To coincide with the launch of two specially commissioned studio ‘pods’ architect Ranbir Lal and artist Colin Pearce will take up temporary residence in one of the studios. You are invited to bring in an object and a memory you associate with tea/tea drinking and join them for tea and discussion.

Venue: Vivid
140 Heath Mill Lane
B9 4AR


Troll – a map of the heart (June 17,18)

A couple of old trolls lead a fascinating unconventional walking tour around some of the less salubrious, hidden parts of Birmingham’s underbelly exposing the architecture of the city in a new light by telling the hidden, salacious and exotic histories of many of the city’s buildings and landmarks

Venue: Birmingham City Centre


Remembering the future: steps towards a Museum of Lost Heritage (June 24,25)

Last public opportunity to explore the site of the former Museum of Science and Industry, Birmingham. Artists Alistair Grant and Stuart Mugridge create a series of themed trails prior to demolition and redevelopment.

Venue: Former Museum of Science and Industry
144 Newhall Street

Architecture Week Film Festival (June 21)

A series of films over the course of Architecture Week chosen by some of the worlds leading architects, inluding Rem Koolhaus, Adam Caruso and Birmingham’s Glenn Howells; Exploring the relationship between film & architecture.

Venues:Custard Factory Theatre and Fort Dunlop.


Open Practice (June 23)

To mark the 10th anniversary of Architecture Week 10 architects across the region are opening their doors to the public. This is your chance to see plans, models & visuals of their recent projects & talk about their practice & proposals. If you can take at look at their websites before your visit.

Venue: Axis Design Collective
Crosby Court, 28 George Street
B3 1QG

Contact: Me!
Axis Design Collective – 0121 2361726