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Housebuilders not solely to blame for urban blight


Just read your leader in 10 June issue. Excellent summation.

Problem is that Prince Charles' intervention legitimised the British architectural wallpaper of two decades which now disfigures every town in Britain, which neither the RIBA, nor CABE, likes to acknowledge as the output of the lesser reaches of the architectural profession, in thrall to unenlightened clients desperately seeking planning consent. And it is still getting built - most annoyingly up and down both sides of the Thames.

When are we going to see the real rubbish, nearly all of it designed by architects, intelligently critiqued so clients know who to avoid? It is no good just blaming the housebuilders - they did not go to architectural school.

Lee Mallett, Transformer Properties, London EC1

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