The term ‘Urban Room’ was first coined in 2015 by the Farrell Review which recommended that every town and city should have one. Since then many places across the UK have benefited from Urban Rooms. In 2015 the Urban Rooms Network formed to support groups and organisations that wish to set up their own Urban Room in their place.
This is the Urban Rooms Network definition of an Urban Room:
“Every town and city should have a physical space where people can go to understand, debate and get involved in the past, present and future of where they live, work and play. The purpose of these Urban Rooms is to foster meaningful connections between people and place, using creative methods of engagement to encourage active participation in the future of our buildings, streets and neighbourhoods.”