Draw tomorrow

Drawing of re-planned Princess Avenue

Re-planning Schemes for Liverpool: Princes Avenue Re-Arranged and Rebuilt as a Boulevard of High Class Flats and Residences

18 Aug 2013 - 9 Dec 2013
Free exhibition, no booking required

What will the future bring? What will our city look like? These questions are central to this year’s Big Draw festival, which will be asking audiences to ‘Draw Tomorrow’ as part of the Campaign for Drawing.

The architect and town planner Stanley Davenport Adshead (1868 – 1946) reflected on the same questions in 1910 when he made a series of drawings proposing re-planning schemes for Liverpool. He believed that ‘the modern city, to keep pace with the social problems of the day, must necessarily be in a condition of constant adjustment to new requirements.’

Adshead’s ideas for re-designing Liverpool’s city centre were based on contemporary city planning in Germany and America and the five drawings on display offer a fascinating insight into how different the city could have been.

The Big Draw festival runs every year from 1 to 31 October.