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“Our built environment and the places we live in are so important to us, socially, economically, environmentally and culturally. Not just on an obvious day-to-day basis, but in relation to some of the big questions of our time – how do we build enough homes and make the places we live in outstanding? How do we meet the challenge of climate change? And, topically, how do we design places less susceptible to the terrible floods that hit so much of the country this winter.

My review of architecture and built environment, commissioned by culture minister Ed Vaizey, intends to answer these questions and many others besides. Crucially, it calls for a new proactive approach to the planning system: anticipating needs and opportunities, not simply responding to proposals for new development, and looking at places in their entirety rather than just at individual buildings and their design.

Sir Terry Farrell: “Why the UK does not need a formal architecture policy”. The Guardian, Monday 31 March 2014

In January 2013 Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, asked Sir Terry Farrell to undertake a national review of architecture and the built environment. A couple months ago, Phin Harper (@PhinHarper), from The Architectural Review, asked me if I would be interested in doing a tongue-in-cheek parody of it, substituting Terry Farrell for Pharrell Williams. Unsophisticated humor? How could I say no? In the end, we had to rush a little bit, because Sir Terry unleashed his review a little earlier than expected, so Phin and I had to work against the clock to squeeze Pharrell’s songs in between Terry’s assessments. The final words on the cartoon are Phin’s, and you’ll have to go to the AR’s site to read them, and see the cartoon in its full original glory. More on this soon.

For those interested in knowing more about the Farrell Review, you can check Dezeen’s Amy Frearson’s conversation with Farrell, read the full 60 recommendations at The Architects’ Journal, or go to the Farrell Review’s own site.

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