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Farrell launches student travel prize

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Terry Farrell has launched an annual travel prize for school children

Launched in association with New London Architecture and Vital Regeneration, the prize will fund a secondary school pupil to explore a city’s design and planning.

The award, which is intended to encourage young people to ‘engage in their own place, look at their own surroundings and ask questions about why things are the way they are’, asks entrants to write an essay with accompanying illustrations and sketches.

In its pilot year the prize is only open to pupils from King Solomon’s Academy and The Westminster Academy schools, who have taken part in the Sustainable Design Matters (SDM) course run by Vital Regeneration and Farrells. It is intended that in future years the prize will be open to a wider range of schools to enter.

Terry Farrell said: ‘Only by travelling and comparing do we begin to understand familiar places better, which we may we have previously taken for granted and not viewed in a critical way. This prize aims to support young people who have an interest in their built environment, but might not otherwise have the means to explore urban design and architecture through travel.’

The winner, which will be announced in June, will receive £500 to travel either in the UK or Europe.

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