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Renowned architect and urban designer Sir Terry Farrell is to give the inaugural Wren Talk, an annual event to celebrate the life and works of Sir Christopher Wren.
Farrell, who is particularly well known for his master planning work in London, will consider Wren's post-fire vision for the capital, particularly in the context of the current London Plan. He will ask whether a 'grand plan' - common in many European cities - could work in a city as diverse as London and reflects on how the city would look had Wren's design been adopted.
The annual lecture series is the brainchild of Design Council Cabe Chairman Paul Finch, who believes it will fill a gaping hole in the cultural calendar. He commented:
"Christopher Wren is one of the greatest architects this country has ever produced and his legacy plays a part in the life of millions of Londoners and visitors every day," he said. "That in itself makes his life worth celebrating, without even taking into consideration his extraordinary contribution to medicine and astronomy."
Sir Terry Farrell added:
"The issue of city making and whether it is or should be the result of grand design or pragmatic incrementalism is as relevant today as it was for Wren after the Fire. I'm greatly looking forward to exploring this topic at the inaugural Wren talk."
The talk will take place as part of the London Festival of Architecture at St Bride's Church, one of Wren's acknowledged masterpieces in the City of London. St Bride's has recently launched the INPSIRE! Appeal, which Finch also chairs, to raise £2.5 million for vital repairs to the Spire and fabric of the Grade I listed building.
Sir Terry Farrell's Wren Talk is taking place on Thursday 28th June 2012 at 7pm at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London. The event is free to attend, although a minimum £10 donation to the INSPIRE! Appeal will be requested on the door.
To book a ticket, please go to: http://stbrides-wrentalk.eventbrite.co.uk/