Wayne Hemingway will open it on 21 October

Blackburn to open urban room in response to Farrell Review

Blackburn has become the first place in Britain to respond to the Farrell Review's recommendation for 'urban rooms' by launching a facility as part of the city's celebration of architecture.

Blackburn’s ‘room’ is being set up by Blackburn is Open, a creative regeneration scheme funded by Arts Council England and backed by Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Its inaugural event will take place on Tuesday, October 21, and will see members of the panel who put the Farrell Review together attend, along with other leading lights in architecture to discuss and debate the built environment in Blackburn. The event will be opened by Wayne Hemingway, the creative director of Blackburn is Open.

The intention is that the urban room will become a hotbed of debate, exhibitions and workshops, all based around the historical development of Blackburn and the future of planning in the town.

The opening of the pop-up urban room will also be followed up by a second series of events in April 2015, themed around architecture.

This is a response to one of the recommendations of the Farrell Review, that urban rooms should be established in towns and cities where the public could become more involved in debating the kind of places they wanted to live in.


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