How We Built Britain
Regeneration schemes: "It's the people, stupid!"
George Ferguson, the outspoken architect from Bristol claims many of our cities are being left devoid of life by poor regeneration schemes.
Ferguson, who is a former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, thinks his fellow architects don't spend enough time thinking about people and how they will use public spaces.
George Ferguson was one of the architects behind Bristol's new Harbourside area. During a visit to Bristol, George praised Corn Street market, which he believes is an area of good practice, where the street is buzzing with life.
"I love this street with its wonderful architecture and great buildings. But they're mere empty shells if we haven't got the people here," he said.
He argues regeneration schemes are failing to create vibrant places that people will want to visit.
"Unless we attract people it's nothing. It's got to be about the people, stupid," he said.
View the video to see George's visit to the Corn Street market in Bristol.
last updated: 27/06/07