Bath festival builds on love of architecture
It can appear a dry and daunting subject.
But a festival of events starting this weekend aims to get people to look at architecture in Bath in a new way.
The Royal Institute of British Architects says it wants its Love Architecture 2012 event to celebrate the city's amazing buildings.
From Saturday to June 23, there will be events for all ages, including walks, talks, tours, films, bike rides, competitions and exhibitions.
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One of the highlights will be a talk at the Guildhall at 7pm on Wednesday by one of the foremost conservation architects in the country, Sir Donald Insall.
The 86-year-old, whose firm has a branch in Bath, will give an insight into his career and his work with English Heritage and other conservation bodies, and sign copies of his book Living Buildings.
Separately, his firm's city centre office will stage free consultations and an exhibition of its work in the south west.
Bristol architect George Ferguson will introduce a special screening of the 1927 film Metropolis, which heavily features art deco buildings, at the Little Theatre on June 23.
The history of the cinema and its role within Bath will also be examined by local conservation architect Peter Carey after the screening.
Other events offer glimpses behind the scenes at the main Thermae Bath Spa and the Cross Bath, guided by the architects responsible for preserving the old alongside the new in the award-winning and controversial development, and a look at the vaults under Green Park Station.
An exhibition of sketches and drawings at The Building of Bath Collection will reveal the favourite buildings of local architects while on June 23, the Big Bike Ride takes place along the Bath to Bristol Railway Path.
This will take riders past building projects and raise money for a charity set up in memory of city architect Richard Feilden.
RIBA South West regional director Jon Watkins said: "We want to excite, inspire and inform people about the built environment, and to reveal the fun side of architecture for people through these events – most of which are free."
Visit www.lovearchitecture.org to find out more, or follow @LveArchitecture on Twitter.