Illegal Town Planning: Rhyl at Goldsmiths Design Festival

What would community town planning with local people look like? A project at our upcoming Goldsmiths Design Festival explores this idea in an exhibition focused on the Welsh town of Rhyl.

“The intention is not necessarily to produce a viable town plan, but to create a forum where local ideas about a town’s future might be discussed and presented in different ways. The project is intended as a platform for local participants to express personal visions through ambitious, large scaled plans. We hope to capture these moments through films, drawings, photography, (fictional) town planning documents and schemes as well as the architecture that will make up ‘Master Plans.’ The process hopes to reveal the ideas or concerns of local people and show ambitious ideas that would not normally be given a platform. These plans are given licence to be single-minded, devoid of bureaucracy, detached from financial reality and ambitious”.

The project is led by renowned designer and Goldsmiths lecturer Jimmy Loizeau, together with a team that includes other Goldsmiths staff and alumni: Tee Byford Flockhart, Neil Crud, Charlie Evans, Hannah Fasching, Hefin Jones, Lynne Jones, Paula Jones, Belen Palacios and Matthew Ward. The exhibition will be on all throughout the Festival (3-9 September) in the Kingsway Corridor of the Richard Hoggart Building at Goldsmiths; artist guided talks will take place on 3 and 4 September.