Oliver Colvile, chairman of the UK's All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Excellence in the Built Environment, has proposed that UK Members of Parliament should be invited to an architecture workshop to improve their understanding of the built environment. The workshop would be jointly run by the APPG and the Farrell Review, and could include activities such as designing a virtual town or an architectural sightseeing tour along the Thames. More on the proposal after the break.
According to BD, the workshop was proposed by Colvile in a meeting with Max Farrell, project leader of the Farrell Review. "It’s all about engagement," said Colvile. "The only time we [MPs] really get engaged is when the electorate kick off and then it’s deeply reactive."
Describing possible activities for the workshop, Colvile said: "Using software MPs could come and try and design a city or town. It would get them engaged. You could take an existing city and say, ‘What sort of development would you like here? What kind of architecture do you think would be interesting and good? How do you make sure there’s good landscaping?’
"And I am going to talk to the Navy about putting a rib here so we can go up and down the Thames."
Although the government has not yet made a formal response to the Farrell Review, the review has generated discussion among parliament members with a number of proposals being debated.
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