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Democracy at work

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The latest report on 'democratic' architecture, by Ben Rogers (son of Lord R), Reinventing the Town Hall, has received a favourable press, and it is a nicely illustrated essay on the subject. The publication is produced by IPPR, usually said to be the government's favourite think-tank.

If so, we can only hope it has more impact than IPPR's last foray in the field, its 'Designs on Democracy' competition - published in the AJ last year. In Bradford, the winning scheme by Bauman Lyons has gone very quiet. At Stockport, the council was allegedly told it could not build the ABK winner because it would cost too much money. The only remaining hope is the DSDHA scheme for Letchworth - but we are not holding our breath.

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