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Ian Tod on 07595 691895 or Cathy Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07969 805645
Our culture and societies literally live off the land. What are the long term projections for land use, how can greater self-sufficiency be achieved, are there roles for urban food and allotments, how does intensity of use, in urban and rural contexts, affect sustainability, and what educational and cultural changes are in store. We have invited Peter Valdasz, Mayor of Gussing in Austria, to present their pioneering example of energy self-sufficiency through small scale dispersed biomass energy plants.
The Rose Bowl
Leeds Metropolitan University
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Andy Beard - Andrew Beard Architects
Andrew is an architect/ planner and part of the ‘Places and Spaces’ consortium offering consultancy in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design. He is a CABE Enabler, having provided design advice to many local authorities on their schools projects, and a member of the CABE Schools Design Review panel. He is author of several CABE publications, including Picturing School Design, Creating Excellent Secondary Schools, and Creating Excellent Primary Schools and was a founder editor of Century21Schools magazine. He is a member of the Transform South Yorkshire and South West enabling panels and is also a member of the newly formed Yorkshire and Humber design review panel. He has been involved in architectural education for many years, is a former chair of RIBA Validation Committee and an external examiner at several schools of architecture.
Andrew was formerly Head of Planning and Premises Service for Sheffield Local Education Authority, with responsibility for three schools PFI projects, a Building Schools for the Future pathfinder, and several Classroom of the Future schemes. Previously, for ten years, he was City Architect for Sheffield and head of a large multi-disciplinary, award-winning design practice. He led the design team for the remodelling of Sheffield’s Peace Gardens.
Charles Quick has 30 years experience of working as an artist/researcher, and curator in the public realm. He is currently a Reader in Art in Public Places at the University of Central Lancashire. and has recently been a member of the Places Matter Design review panel for the Northwest.
He is the co founder and a project manager/curator for the In Certain Places programme, www.incertainplaces.org, a new art initiative in Preston, Lancashire. Like number of his projects, this is situated within a broader urban regeneration framework, and consists a of a curated temporary public art program, complemented by, a series of debates and talks, which have informed regeneration in Preston.
He has worked at extending the professional scope of the artist in the public realm, engaging with the public, a wide range of stakeholders, including other professionals such as architects and engineers. Artistically, he has developed unique interests in the social function of technology as well as the aesthetics of electrical power. This often entails a more complex interest in subject matter and more complex art projects, where he works as both Lead artist and curator.
Recent projects have included The FLASH@Hebburn project www.flashathebburn.com for South Tyneside Council which was preceded by a similar work Red Pass, for Berwick upon Tweed Borough Council. Currently he is working with Bauman/Lyons Architects as Lead Artist on a public realm development for the Spa in Bridlington. He is also a member of the design team led by Landscape Projects that have won the international competition to design improvements for the Flag Market Preston.
Website link www.incertainplaces.org
2 - Ann Harding - Settle Hydro
Ann is the Chair and one of the founding directors of 'Settle Hydro Ltd' which is one of the first community benefit hydro electricity companys in the country. Settle Hydro uses an Archemedian screw system to deliver around 185,000kw of electricity to the national grid from a weir on the river Ribble. The scheme was set up and built from scratch by the Directors on an entirely voluntary basis, to show that communitites can have a sustainable income, whilst tackling climate change issues, whilst protecting and enhancing the local environment. The money was raised through a combination of an Industrial and Providence Society share issue, a bank loan , and some grants in roughly one third proportions. Settle Hydro Ltd has inspired communities throughout the world , with visitors from as far away as Niger, Mali and Papua New Guinea who wish to replicate our lead in their own countries. We have been contacted by over 150 other towns and villages in the UK who would like to install similar, self sustaining schemes in thier local rivers.
Ann is also the Chair of Settle Town Team, which is a proactive project group who deliver volunteer and community led projects in the Settle Area.
Ann is a very ordinary citizen who has no real regeneration credentials other than enthusiasm, tenacity, and a desire to deliver and get things done - rather than producing endless documents telling people (just like her) what they should be doing, but not ever actually delivering anything concrete.
In her 'real' job Ann runs the Dry Stone Walling department at the local FE college in Skipton, North Yorkshire.
3 - David Hills - DSDHA
David Hills established the award-winning architectural studio DSDHA with Deborah Saunt in 1998. Their work blurs the boundaries between landscape and architecture, art and urbanism, and questions our preconceptions of the city.
Current projects include a gateway residential building for London’s Olympic Village; the urban framework plan for Waterloo; the Silver Building (the first contemporary building to be granted permission in Soho, London for 15 years) and a collaboration with ceramist Edmund de Waal to develop a series of pavilion installations which will tour the UK from October 2010.
David has taught at Cambridge University and the AA, and he is currently teaching at London Metropolitan University as well as being an external examiner at Nottingham University. He has been a member of the National CABE Design Review Panel since 2009.
4 - Mayor Peter Vadasz - Mayor of Güssing, Austria
Mayor Peter Vadasz was awarded with the ‘Hans Kudlich Award’. The city of Gussing was nominated in the year 2004 as the ‘most innovative community of Austria’ under Mayor Peter Vadasz. Gussing got this award from the Austrian association of municipalities together with the newspaper ‘Wirtchaftsblatt’.
Furthermore the city of Gussing was awarded in the year 2004 with the ‘ Austrian Solar Energy Award’ and at the same time with the ‘ European Solar Energy Award’. Mayor Peter Vadasz accepted this award at Bonn, Germany. At the world exhibition 2005 in Japan, Mayor Peter Vadasz and Ing. Reinhard Koch accepted the universal prize for environment in seven categories – ‘Global 100 Eco Tech Award 2005’ – for the European Centre of renewable Energy and the community of Gussing.
The city of Gussing is known in Europe and as well in overseas countries like the USA, Canada or Japan because of the model ‘Energy self – sufficient City’ (self sufficiency with biomass:heating, warm water, electricity, fuel and planned 1 also cooling of buildings with biomass). Furthermore under Mayor Vadasz were more than 1000 jobs created. About 500 new jobs will be created in the next years because we have immense interest of future investors in Gussing. At the moment the first solar cell plant of Austria is build, where about 300 people can find a new job.