Sir Terry Farrell "delighted" with responses to built environment review criticised by landscape sector

Architect Sir Terry Farrell has said he is delighted at the response to the consultation on his National Review of Architecture and the Built Environment - despite criticism from leading landscape architects that his review is "backward looking" and too focused on individual buildings.

The new independent review was commissioned by Culture and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey and the Landscape Institute submitted its response in July, calling for a focus on liveable cities rather than concentrating too closely on individual buildings.

This followed LI president Sue Illman’s criticism of the review in June as backward looking and too inwardly focused.

She said it was disappointing the review was not looking at the question of creating sustainable environments, or including issues such as transport, infrastructure, SMART cities, green infrastructure, water-sensitive design and place-making.

The consultation attracted 200 responses, which represented the views of 370,000 people and the review also organised a dozen workshops with special interest groups.

A total of twelve landscape and urban design practices were represented at the landscape and urban design workshop, hosted by Capita Symons, one of five thematic workshops.

Regional workshops and sessions for property developers, on policy in the EU and sustainability were also held, alongside sessions include a Government officials’ round table for

Farrell and the review team are also actively linking up with other reviews including the Taylor Review, Construction 2025 and the Housing Standards Review.

Meetings have already taken place with other parliamentary and local government organisations including the shadow culture minister, Local Government Association and the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Built Environment.

The full panel will meet again in October to discuss the findings and help shape the report, its dissemination and legacy.

Farrell is aiming to submit the report to the Department of Culture Media and Sport at the end of the year and it is expected to be published in early 2014.


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