Wednesday 21st June 2006
4x4 making places Bradford
Making Places Special
Transformation: Cities in Change

All cities are subject to constant change. Their identities and character are never quite fixed but from time to time new identities and character emerge in a recognisable form. Bradford itself is in a period of rapid change with a new identity and character being established. This “4x4 making places special” will be held at the Priestley building in Little Germany that has, over a century, made the transformation from nonconformist chapel to arts place. Transformations will present designs, examples and strategies to investigate and debate the ways that cities are re-inventing themselves.


Andrew Mason,
Newmason Properties


Contributions will be made by
Charles Landry,
Perviaz Khan,
Ali Mangera,
and a 4th speaker to be confirmed


Andy Kelham, Urbed 0161 200 5500
Venue: The Priestly
4 Chapel Street, Little Germany


630pm: drinks in bar
700pm: Introduction of Speakers
710pm: Presentations
815pm- 845pm: Debate and Close


If you wish to attend booking is required for this event. This is a free event. Tickets must be booked through the box office. For information please contact

Speakers and Chair will include:

Charles Landry (National/international perspective)
Charles is the founder of Comedia and is regarded as an international authority on city futures and the use of culture in city revitalization; cultural planning and heritage issues, strategic policy development, the cultural industries. His book ‘The Creative City: A toolkit for urban innovators’ was published in May 2000 to widespread acclaim. Other recent books include ‘Culture at the Crossroads: culture and cultural institutions at the beginning of the 21st century’ (2001); ‘Riding the rapids: urban life in an age of complexity’ (2004) and ‘The Art of City-Making’ (forthcoming). He has lectured widely in Europe, the USA, Australia and Africa and has presented over 150 keynote addresses on a diversity of topics.
Comedia in association with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have currently researched a major new project The Intercultural City concerned with the question “is cultural diversity a source of innovation and, if so, how can cities realise the benefit of this potent resource?”

Ali Mangera
Architects based in London and Barcelona who have designed the planned Markez (community) Mosque for the London Olympics. This is mosque design at it’s most innovative. The mosque and its surrounding buildings would hold a total of 70,000 people, only 10,000 fewer than the Olympic stadium.
Its futuristic design features wind turbines instead of the traditional minarets, while a translucent latticed roof would replace the domes seen on most mosques. The complex is designed to become the “Muslim quarter” for the Games, acting as a hub for Islamic competitors and spectators. “It will be something never seen before in this country, a mosque for the future as part of the British landscape

Pervaiz Khan, Artist
Pervaiz Khan is a Birmingham theatre director, filmmaker and multi-media artist whose work has shown nationally, in Europe and the USA. He came to Britain with his mother from the Mirpur District of Kashmir in Pakistan when he was a one year old, joining his father who had previously served in the British and Pakistani army.
Pervaiz grew up in Birmingham and he was actively involved in community arts in the early part of his working life.
Perviaz was involved in The Drum from its early stages of development from 1993 – 2001. He agreed to join the board of management as he felt his input as an artist could help to influence the direction plans would take.
Perviaz took part in ‘ Public Art – Regeneration, Diversity and Engagement’ think tank for public art practice organized by Ixia on March 15 2005. The one day event for those engaged in the commissioning, production and mediation of public art and the built environment, explored current practice in the context of regeneration, diversity and engagement. The agenda for discussion was introduced in a series of papers contributed by Perviaz.

4x4 making places special is an event curated by 4x4 making places ltd, a not for profit company to “promote, publicise, and debate the arts, skills, sciences and understanding of making places”. . This event is a partnership with The Culture Company and Bradford Centre Regeneration.
A chaired discussion with 4 speakers: based on the successful 4x4 making places events in Leeds. 4x4 making places has become established as a unique regeneration forum over a period of 6 years. 4x4 brings together over 300 people per week, including professionals, developers, members of the public, business, academics, administrators, politicians and students, for a series of presentations and debates over a period of 4 weeks.

Invaluable contributors to this event have been: