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City slicker

By Ruth Slavid
Wildlife photographer Sam Hobson photographed this toad not in the countryside but in the city of Bristol. Apparently the toads make an annual migration in the spring and can often be seen in the city centre.

His photo appeared in an exhibition at the Bristol Architecture Centre entitled ‘Nature’, in a section curated by Avon Wildlife Trust. The exhibition is one of five to run this year under the banner City Ideas Studio, addressing the five themes that Bristol has selected in its role as 2015 European Green City.

The architecture centre is looking in particular at how each of the themes relates to the built environment. The others are: food, transport, resources and energy. With the exhibition on nature it explored the question, ‘How can we make space for a nature-rich landscape in the city?’

Each exhibition is a collection of responses from a range of organisations, so that the architecture centre is bringing together the ideas of others rather than imposing its own angle. Information from each exhibition and, where appropriate, from earlier exhibitions, is available on a giant screen at the centre.

At the end of the year, the architecture centre will pull together the ideas from each of the exhibitions and create a manifesto for the city’s built environment – by which time, another migration of toads should be due. 

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