Fesival of great city designs

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SEE visions of Sheffield in 40 years’ time, find out about post-modern architecture, and take a tour of the refurbished Park Hill flats when Sheffield hosts an Urban Design Week festival from Monday.

The festival, celebrating the city’s built environment, will include talks, workshops, tours and debates, the majority of which are free to attend and open to all, but most of which require pre-booking.

Activities run until Friday, with national and international guest speakers, and debates about what Sheffield may look like in years to come.

There are nine events in total. Imagining Sheffield in 2050 is at the offices of design firm Arup at Barker’s Pool from 3pm on Monday.

Observations on Urban Design runs from 6pm at Sheffield Hallam University’s Owen Building the same day.

The Story of Park Hill and Sheaf Valley Park is at the flats complex from 5.30pm on Tuesday, while a talk called Whose Space Is It Anyway? is to be held from 12.30pm on Wednesday at Electric Works, Sheaf Street.

Also on Wednesday, The Arts Tower Story will look at redevelopment of Sheffield University’s iconic building - once the tallest in the city - from 6pm at the Arts Tower, Western Bank.

On Thursday, Understanding the Value of Places runs from 12.30pm at Creative Sheffield’s offices in Barker’s Pool.

The Sketches of Frank Gehry runs at the Showroom, Paternoster Row, from 8.35pm.

On Friday from 12.30pm at the Arts Tower there will be a talk on urban developments in Copenhagen, followed by a review of the week at the Axis Studio, Brown Street, 6pm.

Email david.marsh@sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 273 4223 to book any event.