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Architects called on to help post-riot rebuild

Two architecture graduates have launched an organisation aimed at getting the profession involved with the reconstruction of riot-struck areas in the UK

Following four days of rioting which peaked with widespread looting and violence on Monday night in the capital, Lee Wilshire and Nick Varey have called on architects and built environment professionals to help communities rebuild their high streets and homes for free.

Called RiotRebuild, the initiative follows the success of the #riotcleanup campaign on twitter which attracted hundreds of residents to help out with sweeping debris in Clapham, Hackney and Camden.

‘We need people who are willing to get involved on the physical side - but there is hope for [including] architects with an understanding of the planning process because people will need help getting through planning,’ said Varey.

He suggested a furniture shop which was torched on Monday in Croydon could be a potential pilot site for the initiative and added that a number of freelance architects, trades people and practices, including HOK, were in discussion over helping out.

He said: ‘I definitely hope that from this there will be room for tangible work for a least a few of [the architects taking part].

But added: ‘We don’t want to redevelop the places, we want to return them to their use and owners.’

For more information visit the RiotRebuild website, follow @riot_rebuild on twitter or visit the facebook page

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