Fully booked public talk series helps launch Bristol Housing Festival

October saw the launch of the Bristol Housing Festival, an initiative to create and test bold new ideas to help tackle the City’s housing crisis.

Running for 5 years, the Festival will celebrate and share examples of successful housing and thriving communities. It will also provide the impetus and opportunity for new and innovative ideas to be tried and tested.

Alongside the waterfront exhibition and expo of modular housing types, a packed out programme of five evenings of public talks took place in the City. Guest speakers covered themes including off site manufacturing, inter-generational living and homes for sustainable living.

Nick James of futureground supported the Festival organisers in developing the programme of talks, as well as chairing all of the sessions. Nick commented “it was a privilege to play a role in this fantastic programme of talks. Our brilliant speakers and great audience engagement helped us to explore some really interesting and important themes. The level of passion and good ideas makes me very positive about what can be achieved on the ground over the 5 years of the Festival”.

More information about the Bristol Housing Festival can be found at with recordings of the talks via https://www.facebook.com/BristolHousingFestival . Recordings of the talks are available via www.bristolhousingfestival.com


Nick James is a design thinker and sustainable housing specialist. He returned to live and work in the south west in 2017. His consultancy and project management business, futureground, helps clients to create shared value from a better built environment.