Farrell Review makes recommendations for UK Architecture and the Built Environment

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The Farrell Review, a UK industry-wide review of architecture and the built environment, led by Sir Terry Farrell and commissioned by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, was recently published. The findings have been compiled into a report with 60 recommendations with an emphasis on proactive rather than reactive planning system that needs to be revolutionise to include PLACE (Planning, Landscape, Architecture, Conservation and Engineering) reviews of existing places. The review also calls for urban rooms in towns and cities providing a forum for residents to understand and debate the past, present and future of the place.

The Farrell Review also calls for a reform in architectural training and for architecture and the built environment to be taught as early as possible in schools with alternative routes into architecture to be provide through apprenticeships. Other recommendations include an International Festival of Architecture  to be held annually in London to champion the Britain’s considerable strength in architecture, and its success as an export industry.

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BrandAlley Garden | Chelsea Flower Show 2013 | Paul Hervey-Brookes Associates

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The BrandAlley garden which was conceived as a garden of contrasts was built at the 2013 Centenary year Chelsea Flower Show. This was a garden of two halves. A space to reflect on the two aspects of peoples lives. The public and the private.

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The Dune | Roskilde Denmark | SLA and Morten Stræde

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The landscape architects from SLA worked with the artist Morten Stræde to develop a landscaping- and art strategy for the gravel pits south of Roskilde showground. The raw material and festival site in Roskilde each year houses one of Europe’s biggest music festivals, The Roskilde Festival, and every year 100,000 people from all over the world guest the festival. For the rest of the year landscape, not yet excavated, work as a recreational landscape for the citizens of Roskilde. Every year, however, gravel pits eat their way through the landscape, leaving less green fields for guests and citizens to enjoy – a source of much controversy.

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Platz der 9. November 1989 | Berlin Germany | Sinai

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Back in 2009, I posted a short news summary about plans to create a plaza to remember the falling of the Berlin Wall at the border crossing at Bornholmer Strasse. Recently, I was wondering if the plaza was completed and contacted sinai, the firm who were commissioned to develop the design and found out that indeed the plaza to commemorate such a historic moment in time had been completed.

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From the designer    
The border checkpoint at Bornholmer Straße is known as the place where the Berliner Wall fell. Here next to the Bösebrücke a space of remembrance for November 9 was formed – a space for remembering a single day.
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STUDENT PROJECT | Genoa Green Infrastructure | Alessandro Vino

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The project developed a design idea for an elevated bike infrastructure in Genoa’s east Valley, known as Val Bisagno. The valley has been named after the seasonal stream that rushes through it, nowadays the area is one of Genoa’s busiest urban periphery, with 130.000 inhabitants and two major issues:
1) The recurring floods of the seasonal stream.
2) The lack of sustainable mobility plans.

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