'Revolutionary' housing festival opens this month

By Natalie Vincent - Thu 11 October 2018, 12:07 pm

A housing festival aimed at exploring solutions to Bristol's housing crisis will open this month.

The Bristol Housing Festival (BHF) is an initiative of Bristol One City, and supported by Bristol City Council, Bristol and Bath Regional Capital and the Shaftesbury Partnership, and will showcase ideas on housing and communities on sites across the city. It will seek to develop scalable and long-term solutions to support local government to create housing, places and communities that engender hope and wellbeing.

Running over the next five years, the festival officially opens on 25 October, with a free modern home exhibition running from 19 October to 4 November on Bristol's waterfront near Millennium Square. The festival will also run a programme of talks to complement the exhibition.

Jez Sweetland, project lead for the Bristol Housing Festival said: "The UK faces a crisis in the affordability of housing and public services. Simply 'doing more with less' is no longer tenable. Instead, we need the courage to re-imagine and to re-think the future of our cities to enable everyone to have opportunity to flourish in Bristol - there is opportunity for significant and scalable change."

The exhibition will feature full-size modular homes from Zed Pods, Totally Modular and Tempo Housing, a shipping container conversion from ISO Spaces as well as a host of other exhibitors.

Visitors can hands-on activities such as City Blocks, from the Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab at the University of Bristol, which combines LEGO, with virtual reality and digital data to see how city building is planned.

Councillor Paul Smith, cabinet member for housing, said: "We are at the beginning of a revolution in housing design and construction. The festival will make Bristol the centre of that revolution, not just for the UK, but possibly for the world."

Details can be found at the festival website and tickets for the talks can be booked directly here