World-class British architect, Sir Terry Farrell, has proposed that every town and city should have an Urban Room – a space in which local people can learn about the built environment.
The idea was one of the recommendations to come from the Farrell Review headed by Sir Terry to look at the issues that surround the built environment and what challenges and opportunities architects will face in the future.
The report stressed that the public should become more involved in debating what kind of places they wanted their towns to be and that more information should be made available on the importance of good design.
“There are few things that are more important to us than the place we live in,” says Sir Terry, who is perhaps most famous for designing the MI6 building in London.
He suggested that architecture, “should become a major public issue like health and food.”
This June Blackburn with host its third Urban Room Festival inspired by Sir Terry ’s approach to thinking about ways to engage local people and schools in their towns and neighbourhoods.
Urban Room Blackburn will be a celebration of art, architecture and public space with a focus on urban culture, experimentation and innovative practices to inspire new ways of thinking about the town centre.
Blackburn town centre is a place undergoing lots of exciting changes to buildings, spaces and visions for the future. Urban Room is an opportunity to creatively engage with the place, both its history and future.
The #URB16 programme includes a series of exhibitions, talks and workshops, launching with an ambitious street art project, Blackburn Open Walls: 6 artists working on 6 walls over 6 days to coincide with the town’s first Flower Festival.
Working with Creative Lancashire and the national Urban Room network, we will host a special Conversation in Creativity at Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery. The programme will conclude with a participatory exhibition Future Wharf at the Director’s House at Eanam Wharf.
For more information on the Farrell Review farrellreview.co.uk