About UR Folkestone

One The Plaza – Urban Room Folkestone, 2018

The next iteration of Urban Room Folkestone will be sited in the Old Tourist Information Centre at the epicentre of the Old Town and Harbour. From its new site it will continue to offer a place for the discussion, talks, debates, enquiry and presentations for residents and visitors alike who wish to contribute to the future of Folkestone.
We are refurbishing the space over the next couple of weeks. When completed, our hours will be Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm.
The Folkestone Urban Analysis – A Narrative of Place and Change will be on view and the Urban Library will be available for those who wish to study Urbanism and the urban problematics were are interested in exploring though our activity programme.

Folkestone Urban Problematics include:

The One Way System
The Derelict Gas Works Site
The Redundant Railway Spur along Tram Road
Cycle Routes
Overlooked Gap Sites

The Seven Pillars of Enquiry for Urban Room Folkestone are:

Local Economics
Local Governance and Politics
Language
History
Food
Environment to include Geology, Geography, Urban and the Sea.
Citizenship
If you would like to host a conversation, carry out your own enquiry, debate or urban workshop and make a contribution to the Folkestone Urban Library contact [email protected]

Customs House – Urban Room Folkestone 2017

As the first place where passengers arriving from Calais and Boulogne would pass through when setting foot on British soil, the Folkestone Customs House in the 19th century was a grand and impressive building, an epicentre of activity on the harbour.
For the Folkestone Triennial Diane Dever and The Decorators called attention to the site as the last surviving remnant of the old Customs House to bring about a new era of activity on the premises – within the retraced Customs House they hosted the Urban Room Folkestone.
The integration of the Urban Room on this site was an opportunity to re-engage with this history and its past uses through a programme of discussion, debate and learning workshops that created a space that held the past in the present to learn and plan for the future of Folkestone.
Traces of those conversation and activities were archived in the Urban Room library, a catalogue of knowledge including invited contributions from local residents, artists and those involved in the transformation of Folkestone.