Today marks the launch of Architecture week 2013. This bi-annual event is organised by a sub-group of members of the Association of Jersey Architects. This year’s theme is Town and Country, and the six-day programme is designed to investigate how Jersey will sustainably create and nurture its built environment.
To mark the event both Fort Regent and the Tourism building will be lit up orange for the week. Orange is the signature colour of both the Association of Jersey Architects and Architecture Week itself.
Architecture Week is being launched today with a pop-up restaurant on top of the Ramparts of Fort Regent with the best views in Jersey. There will also be music from local band Badalabecque, and abseiling down the Ramparts. The event comes to a close with a tour of the Fort by local historian Frank Falle, discussing the rich history of the building.
Other events being held over the week include lectures, guided walks around St Helier, and Planner and Architect Surgeries where the public are encouraged to come to the Exhibition space to gain free advice.
There is also a Schools Competition, sponsored by A.A. Langlois with a prize of £250 for the best senior and best junior school. This year’s completion is to build a dome using copies of the local newspaper, Jersey Evening Post. Rumours are that one dome is currently 4m in diameter!
The whole event culminates with the prestigious Jersey Design Awards, which will be presented by Dan Cruickshank BBC Presenter and Architectural Historian. These awards act to highlight the best local design of buildings for the previous two years. The event will take place within the Exhibition space at The Chart Room, Castle Quay, St Helier.
The Exhibition will be open to the public from Monday evening when it is officially opened, until Saturday afternoon. One of the awards that will be presented is the Public Choice Award, which is voted for by the members of public visiting the exhibition.
It looks to be a fantastic week, with lots of interesting and intriguing events, including a surprise event on Monday lunchtime at West Centre, St Helier. We hope to see you over the course of the week.
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