Monday, 7 April 2014

The Farrell Review

The Farrell review of architecture & the built environment logo

Sir Terry Farrell makes recommendations for the future of Architecture and the Built Environment 

The Farrell review is a comprehensive report into the current condition of Architecture and the Built Environment.  It includes input from many sources including a panel of 11 industry leaders with a breadth of experience that covers education, outreach, urbanism, architecture, property and philosophy.  After a wide-reaching consultation process including workshops throughout the country, the findings have been compiled into a report with 60 recommendations.

"Proactive planning and ‘PLACE’ need to be at the heart of policy-making" says Farrell 

Key recommendations:
  • A revolution is needed in the planning system to make it proactive rather than reactive, anticipating rather than responding to the future needs of our towns and cities. By planning proactively like other countries do, anticipating issues like the national housing shortage or susceptibility to flooding and address them before they reach crisis levels.
  • There should be PLACE reviews of existing places like high streets, mega-hospitals and housing estates and of infrastructure projects like rail, road and aviation improvements (using the acronym PLACE to describe the key disciplines of Planning, Landscape, Architecture, Conservation and Engineering).
  • Every town and city should have an urban room where people can go to understand and debate the past, present and future of that place.
  • Architects’ professional training to be radically reformed to make it more accessible to all.
  • Britain’s considerable strength in architecture, and its success as an export industry, should be championed with an annual International Festival of Architecture to be held in London.
  • Government should appoint a Chief Architect reporting to DCMS and DCLG at the highest level. This role should be similar to the Chief Planner and Chief Construction Adviser, connecting up government departments and maintaining high standards and consistency of approach.

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