UK design review expert & national RIBA member reacts to Farrell Review

Details have emerged of the 60 key points set out in Terry Farrell’s independent Review on the future of architecture and planning in the UK, which has been revealed today after 12 months of consultation.

Matt Brook, Director at global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, member of the RIBA’s National Council and Vice-Chair of North West-based design review panel PlacesMatter!, said:

“Sir Terry Farrell’s Review presents a comprehensive, pragmatic and implementable set of recommendations with the potential to be game-changing in our approach to architecture and design in the UK.

“The Review is ambitious and well-timed. With the UK emerging from recession and the Government looking to stoke the recovery through the construction sector we need to lock in the importance of quality design, long-term thinking and sustainable place-making. If we don’t and simply go all out for growth, we’ll miss a tremendous opportunity.

“Great design – and the appreciation and value of great design – goes to the heart of what we are as a society and this review sets a benchmark for how we can embed high quality design and architecture in everything we do.

“The Government has a real opportunity to create a new approach to the built environment that guides policy, practice and education for the future. We’d like to see Government pick up the challenge and respond to these valuable recommendations.”

Brook says that Government and industry support for the Farrell Review could:

  • Introduce a greater focus on design – and the importance of design – within the National Curriculum: to encourage a stronger awareness of why good design matters and to learn about the power and effectiveness of good design by looking forwards to the future, not backwards through history.
  • Improve understanding of the value of good architecture across Government Departments and beyond DCMS: so that all Departments are clear about the physical, social, developmental and financial value of good design in everything from schools to offices and high streets to hospitals.
  • Decentralise ‘ownership’ of good design: by supporting the development of local and regional panels and networks which encourage great design.
  • Deliver implementable change: with practical recommendations for government, industry and communities to embed the principles needed to foster great design and architecture across society.

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