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RIBA calls on would-be London mayors to ‘design a better London’

The RIBA has set out what it expects from London mayoral candidates over the next four years

The institute’s election manifesto – called ‘Designing a Better London’ – urges the future mayor and London assembly members to create a five-year design strategy for the capital and run an audit of individual borough’s design skills and capacity.

It also asks for a new deputy mayor for Olympic legacy role to be created to ensure high quality design and sustainability are ‘embedded’ in the newly created London Legacy Development Corporation’s planning controls.

City Hall should encourage ‘greater take-up’ of the so-called meanwhile use transformation of empty spaces into local shops and community gardens – according to the manifesto.

A 30 per cent reduction in energy use of the capital’s public buildings by 2020 is also called for as part of a proposed move to make London a ‘world leader’ on energy performance.

Mayoral candidates include current incumbent Boris Johnson of the Conservatives, former London mayor Ken Livingstone of Labour, the Liberal Democrat’s Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones for the Green Party.

RIBA president Angela Brady said: ‘London is celebrated for its built heritage as well as its inspiring and innovative new buildings. We must strive for the best architectural quality on which London is famed and call on the Mayor to value quality sustainable design as a priority to ensure that only the very best gets built.

‘Today the RIBA and our 12,000+ members in London are calling on all London candidates to endorse the RIBA Manifesto for London and commit to designing a better city for all.’

The election is on 3 May and the winning candidate will be Mayor of London for four years.

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