More With Less: Reimagining Architecture for a Changing World

Wed – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Farrell Centre

An exhibition offering compelling new visions for architecture in the face of the climate emergency.

For the Farrell Centre’s inaugural exhibition, four architectural practices and collaborators – Dress for the Weather, McCloy + Muchemwa, Office S&M and the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (a joint initiative between Newcastle and Northumbria Universities) – to create installations that challenge the ways we conceive, make and experience architecture in response to the seismic challenges of the climate emergency.

Sustainability is now part of the thinking behind nearly every building project, but this is not enough. We need to find new ways to dramatically reduce the built environment’s carbon-footprint without compromising – and, indeed, actually extending – architecture’s potential to bring about vital social, cultural, and technological transformation. Where Mies van der Rohe’s maxim “less is more” defined architecture in the middle part of the twentieth century, today we must find ways of doing “more with less.”

Together, the four installations offer visions for architecture that are open, experimental, inclusive and, above all, optimistic, celebrating architecture’s potential to help us adapt in a rapidly changing world.

The Sir Terry Farrell Building Eldon Place Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RD

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22 April—10 September 2023


  • Wed 10am – 5pm
  • Thu 10am – 5pm
  • Fri 10am – 5pm
  • Sat 10am – 5pm
  • Sun 10am – 5pm
  • Level access
  • Lifts to all areas
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
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