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Alsop goes to jail

SMC Alsop chief Will Alsop has proved that the inmates truly have taken over the asylum, by unveiling his latest off-the-wall commission - designs for a new prison ( pictured).

The architect has worked up the proposals ahead of an exhibition at HMP Winson Green, Birmingham, which aims to encourage debate on the future of prison design.

The scheme is the result of a collaboration between Alsop and Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation), a company which organises creative programmes in prisons.

The project's organisers hope that Alsop's plans will create an environment that 'fosters self respect' and facilitates inmates' 'reintegration into society without compromising security'.

Alsop said: 'Creative cities, where people feel engaged and involved, are actually economically and socially more successful.

'Why should prisons be any different? They are small towns in effect.'

by Rob Sharp

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