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Manchester masterplan is a product of MIPIM

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While MIPIM has many attractions for all who attend, one very real disadvantage is that casual conversations in a charming setting with an abundance of 'hospitality' does not provide the most objective basis for architect/journalistic dialogue. I cannot recognise the claims at all that I am 'overseeing a city-wide masterplan for the whole of Manchester' nor 'Farrell will take charge of the architectural and design phases of this wider initiative, which aims to transform the city into a fiKnowledge Capitalfl'.

Manchester has, and is, involving a most enlightened and wide range of architects, planners and designers in its 'extraordinary renaissance'. And I have been particularly impressed by the extent to which local practices (unlike in many British cities) have taken the lead. I am also of the view that total city masterplanning is not appropriate and the scale of 'masterplanning' that works best is much smaller, such as districts and city blocks, and that these masterplan elements should be carried out by a range of different 'planners', again just as Manchester has been doing.

Terry Farrell, Terry Farrell & Partners, London

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