Grand Designs Live challenges the issue of homelessness in the UK

Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, will return to Birmingham’s NEC from 10 – 14 October 2018, welcoming a remarkable showcase of the latest innovations, trends and all-new products across five project zones of the show. Set over 5 days, this unique event will highlight one of the controversial subjects dominating the local news currently; the increase in numbers of homeless people in the Birmingham area.

Visitors to the show can see architect James Furzer’s ingenious design for this growing issue, the ‘Homeless Cabin’, as well as hear from a panel of industry experts on the Grand Theatre as they discuss this hotly debated issue.

Outside Hall 5 of the NEC visitors can see a prototype shell of the Homeless Cabin that James has developed as an alternative towards defensive architecture (e.g. spikes in building voids) meant to deter the homeless that is found throughout the streets of the UK. Inside Grand Designs Live, visitors can look inside one of these cabins, and find out more information about this potentially life-changing project. James says of his vision:

We require friendlier architecture to change the current perception of homelessness and provide thoughtfully designed spaces for those less fortunate. A place of warmth, security and privacy, where one can gather their thoughts and regenerate away from the public eye.  In short, a worldwide, immediate, temporary solution to rough sleeping.’

Further tackling this controversial subject is a panel of experts, including representatives from GROUNDWORK, a charity organisation helping vulnerable and homeless people, along with Property Expert Kunle Barker, and James Furzer, of Clear Architects, as they discuss the ‘Rise Of The Rough Sleeper’ at the Grand Theatre, sponsored by Airflow on the 12th October 2018.  With the number of homeless rising, this session explores and debates what can be achieved and what is being done to reduce this shocking statistic.

Grand Designs Live, a must-visit for anyone looking to gather information and learn about the world of interiors, design and self-build, is also committed to help highlight social and environmental issues that affect us all, and to explore and support ways to encourage change in a positive direction.