Liverpool canal to host art event

A stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in north Liverpool will host new commissions by international artists and architects as part of an urbanism event in the city next month.

The five-day Urbanism 09 event is organised by Liverpool Biennial, and will take in a stretch of the canal through south Sefton and north Liverpool. It will run from 16-20 September.

The five shortlisted designs for Sefton Waterworks, a planned watersports and environmental hub for Sefton, will be among the exhibits. Work by Muf Architecture and food activists Squash Nutrition will also be on show.

On 19 September a water-borne parade will take place, featuring Dutch artist Lambert Kamps’ upside-down black cab, powered by an outboard motor.

The Happy City conference, organised by North West architecture centre Places Matter, will take place on 18 September, examining alternative ways of planning and designing cities. Among the speakers will be Pete Halsall, chief executive of developer Bio-Regional Quintain, and Michael Palwyn of Exploration Architecture.

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