The quality and vitality of our streets is crucial to a big city like Bristol.  But are our streetscape and public spaces as good as they could be, and how could we make them better ?  Public space is shared by many different users: have we got the balance right ? Is there another way ?

  How could we design and manage public space better ?  How can we make the city more walkable ?  How can we make it happen, building on what has already been done ?  A panel of distinguished speakers will try to answer these questions, and there will be an opportunity to air your views.


  • Allison Dutoit is an Architect with Gehl Architects, Copenhagen, an internationally renowned architecture and urban design consultancy.  She has practiced and taught in the United States, Denmark and the United Kingdom. Projects include small to large scale work, from interior design and spatial planning to architecture and the urban scale – always based on a belief of the importance of quality of our everyday life as individuals and a community.  
  • Paul Appleby, Chair of Creative Sector Group of the  West of England LEP and of Bristol Media CIC, and director of VID Communications. VID Communications is  a consultancy developing collaborations in creative technology in the greater Bristol area, working with the BBC-Bristol Partnership, the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, Bristol University, and Creative Skillset. In his 30 year career Paul  has produced and directed short films, multicamera and multiplatform projects in the BBC Natural History Unit, which included a BAFTA award. The extension of broadcasting through social media into "place" is a key interest.
  • Ian Barrett, Regional Director, South West for Sustrans and chair of Bristol Green Capital’s Transport Action Group. Ian joined Sustrans last year, following 12 years working for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where he led policies on landscape and urban greening, launching the Green Infrastructure Partnership and The Big Tree Plant. He is currently leading Sustrans’ work in Bristol and the South West, including looking at how street design, public engagement and placemaking can encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport for their everyday journeys.        
  • Barra MacRuairi, Strategic Director for Place, Bristol City Council. Barra is an Urbanist, an Architect and a City Planner. He leads for the council on the spatial, infrastructural, economic, cultural, physical and sustainable development of Bristol. Prior to joining Bristol in early 2014, Barra was the Head of Renaissance Towns & Cities at the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward and then Strategic Director of Regeneration and Culture at the City of Bradford for over 6 years. He is a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield.

 After an hour of individual presentations, the speakers will  form a panel on stage for questions and debate. Event closes 9-9.30pm.

Tuesday 25th November 7.30pm Main Auditorium, Arnolfini Gallery, 16 Narrow Quay, Avon, Bristol BS1 4QA

Free and open to all. No booking required.  Doors open 7.00pm

Bristol Civic Society website:  bristolcivicsociety