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LandscapesOfIdentity Symposium 2016

  • National Football Museum Cathedral Gardens Manchester M4 3BG (map)

Manchester School of Art, Manchester School of Architecture, MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Histories and the National Football Museum are pleased to be working together to present this trailblazer event for Manchester Histories Festival 2016: LandscapesOfIdentity Symposium, at the iconic Urbis building, home for the National Football Museum.

As the 20th anniversary of 1996 Manchester bombing approaches, some of the key contributors to the Millennium Quarter – a project designed to redevelop the city centre after the catastrophic event – are amongst renowned speakers who will be speaking at the symposium. This multidisplinary event will feature talks, discussions and questions that will centre on mapping the rapid 'change' the city has been experiencing over the last two decades; and how are heritage, art and culture being considered and utilised in shaping Manchester’s identity, and our current and future placemaking.


PHIL GRIFFIN - Writer, Broadcaster and Curator.



MARTHA SCHWARTZ (MarthaSchwartz Partners) - Landscape Architect of the Exchange Square, tenured Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the GSD Harvard University and recipient of MIPIM Asia Award 2014.

IAN SIMPSON (SimpsonHaugh) - Architect for No. 1 Deansgate, The Beetham Tower and Urbis building.

JASON PRIOR (AECOM/EDAW) - Landscape Architect and Masterplanner for Manchester Millennium Quarter, London Olympics 2012 and Rio Olympics 2016. 



JIM CHAPMAN - Chartered Architect, visiting Professor at the Manchester School of Architecture, RIBA Client Advisor and Trustee of the National Museum Liverpool.

LUKE BAINBRIDGE - Writer, Music Journalist, DJ and Head of Arts and Culture for Festival No.6. 

SIMONE RIDYARD - Architect, Artist and founder of Manchester Urban Sketchers.

ROGER MILBURN - Chartered Engineer, Senior Executive for Arup and visiting Professor to the University of Manchester. 

JOHN HYATT - Artist, Musician and Professor of Fine Art and Director of MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University.

CHARLES LAUDER - Television Producer and Director, Journalist, Chair and Trustee of Contact.


Symposium Curator:

YATIE AZIZ - PhD Researcher in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at MIRIAD, MSA, Manchester Metropolitan University.


Subjects of talks, discussions and questions will include:

  • Impact of 1996 Manchester bombing through personal memories and experiences.

  • Personal contributions to historical, physical and social regeneration projects related to the city.

  • Changes in the formation of the historical, physical and social elements, forms or patterns within the city over the last two decades.

  • Changes in the functions or appearances of buildings and spaces, and socio-cultural events.

  • Causes-effects of these changes to Manchester's heritage, and the relationships between people and place.

  • The relevance of heritage, place identity and place attachment to transcultural cities such as Manchester.

  • The strategic roles of heritage, design, art and culture in shaping Manchester's identity and placemaking.




11.00-11.20     Registration

11.20-11.30     Opening | Introduction 


11.30-11.45     Speaker 1

11.45-12.00     Speaker 2

12.00-12.30     Keynote 1

12.30-12.45     Q&A


12.45-13.30     Lunch (provided)


13.30-13.45     Speaker 3

13.45-14.00     Speaker 4

14.00-14.30     Keynote 2

14.30-14.45     Q&A


14.45-15.00     Break | Tea/Coffee (provided)


15.00-15.15     Speaker 5

15.15-15.30     Speaker 6

15.30-16.00     Keynote 3

16.00-16.15     Q&A


16.15-16.30     Concluding Remarks by Event Chair Phil Griffin

16.30-16.45     Closing Note

16.45                End


*Disclaimer: the programme for LOI16 is correct at the time of announcement. However, the organiser reserves the right to change schedule or speakers without notice as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

*Over 16s event.

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