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Re: urbanism supporters to launch 'charter for cities'

The authors and backers of Re: urbanism, the book that called for last year's Urban Summit to adopt a revolutionary regeneration agenda (AJ 31.10.02), have met to discuss a new 'charter for cities'.

The event, due to take place yesterday evening, was expected to include Sir Richard MacCormac, director of the Architecture Foundation Rowan Moore, and Town and Country Planning Association president David Lock chairing the meeting.

The gathering was called to set the foundations for a new Charter of Urbanism. Re: urbanism's coauthor, Kelvin Campbell, said the new movement was 'determined to strike while the iron is hot'.

Re: urbanism sets out a savage critique of the current agendas in architecture, planning and regeneration, and attacks modern architects' working practices as 'completely out of touch with the real world'.According to Campbell, support for the book has been overwhelming. 'We have had interest and messages backing the book's conclusions from all around the world. Now we want to work out how we take this movement forward, ' Campbell told the AJ. 'We do not want to wait around talking, we want to put in place a charter that can make an immediate difference.'

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