How do YOU imagine Tunbridge Wells' future? Architects' exhibition gives chance to have a say
By kentsussex | Wednesday, January 09, 2013, 10:52
A group of 15 architects is urging the residents of Tunbridge Wells to imagine their 'ideal future' for the town.
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They are putting on a show, called 'So Create A Difference', to showcase their ideas for transforming the town centre.
They will also run a drop-in centre and workshop alongside the exhibition, so that the public can draw and write their own visualisations for the future of Tunbridge Wells.
The architects' and the public's visualisations and views will then be turned into a book and presented to senior staff and councillors at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council during the Spring.
It will all be held in an empty shop in Royal Victoria Place – exact location to be confirmed – over several days before and after the drop-in event on Saturday 26 January.
So Create a Difference is the idea of architects Stuart Page of Langton Green and James Galpin, Partner in Hazle McCormack Young in Tunbridge Wells.
It is funded by the Royal Institute of British Architects West Kent Branch, which represents 300 local members and by the RIBA's Local Initiative Fund.
Stuart Page said: 'Recent events mean that it's easy to lose sight of the fact that Tunbridge Wells can have a bright and exciting future.
'So Create A Difference will give people in the community a real opportunity to have their say and to feed through their views to the Council.
'Creative thinking is the first step towards making the town's great potential into reality.'
And James Galpin added: 'Architects are trained to listen to what people want and to interpret in relation to the whole picture.
'We are skilled in urban design, in making the most of the smallest projects, and in making the vital connections between them.'
Tunbridge Wells blogger Anke has also interviewed James Galpin - you can read it fully here: http://www.anke.tw/anke/2013/01/so-create-a-difference.html
And you can also visit the So Create A Difference page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SoCreateADifferenceTW
What do you think of the exhibition? And what would you like to see in the town centre? Let us know here at Tunbridge Wells People or tweet us @tunwellspeople