Forming part of the Longbridge light festival, the Tran-si-tion International Conference will take place at the Bournville College Conference Centre on 24th October. The conference will aim to provide a key platform to highlight best practice within regeneration schemes, urban design, strategic planning, placemaking and art within a social urban context. The conference idea was born out of the transitional complexity Longbridge has experienced since closure of a large car factory in 2005. Many other cities and communities have experienced similar issues and this conference will bring together experts and practitioners who have attempted to deal with questions about the renewal of urban areas. Artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (Rotterdam) will headline the conference drawing upon his many years of experience working with evolving technological innovations. The founder of social design lab, Studio Roosegaarde, Daan and his team of engineers and designers create interactive designs such as the Smart Highways project, which was awarded the Best Future Concept by the Dutch Design Awards 2012. Smart Highway’s are interactive and sustainable roads of today. Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure are developing new designs and technologies for this Route 66 of the future.
There will be a number of speakers in the fields of strategic planning, urban design, architecture, policy, technology innovation, large scale artistic interventions, placemaking, lighting and regeneration. Among the mix of prominent local and international experts, two of the speakers will be discussing projects and experiences from 2 of our partner cities; Lyon and Leipzig. Jean Francois Zurawik is director of the Fête des Lumières, Lyon, established as one of the most successful Lighting Festivals in Europe. Sophia Littkopf and Michael Arzt are respectively director and programme curator for Halle 14, an independent arts centre located in a large former cotton mill. This further highlights the success of our cooperation with these cities and how we can share experiences and learn good practice from one another.