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The Small Society

AJ100 practices came in for some stick from Chris Brown of Igloo Regeneration at ‘From Whitehall to Wigan’, an event held at the RIBA last week to discuss how architects can help ‘make Localism work’

Brown explained the difficulties of getting top practices to encourage their employees to offer their skills in their local communities. ‘The AJ100 audience split into two: one lot said: “we couldn’t possibly let our staff go out unsupervised”, which is quite scary, and the other half said, “we’re not going to do it if we’re not going to get paid!”’

Earlier in the evening, Wandsworth Council planning chair Nick Cuff illustrated the distance between politicians and architects by recalling some of the comments made by councillors in planning committee: ‘What are the windows for?’, ‘It’s a bit oblong’ and ‘The person who came up with this must be a complete space cadet.’

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