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RIBA urges members to get political

The RIBA has called on its members to engage local politicians to influence national policy making prior to the election

The institute is urging architects to champion its manifesto Buildings Matter, which was launched last September and calls for minimum design standards for all public buildings and minimum design, space and environmental standards for all new homes, both public and private.

The document also sets out a vision for 4 million homes to be retrofitted within the lifetime of the next parliament and demands greater support for local authorities to create quality public spaces.

The manifesto suggests RIBA members should attend constituent surgery meetings, get candidates to sign-up for manifesto pledges, hold husting events and arrange visits with local politicians to a public building, public space or new housing development.

Ruth Reed, RIBA President, said: ‘Architecture is something politicians see around them and it is something they usually have an opinion about – we believe our members can work with us to stimulate election candidates’ interest in the issues.’

Reed said: ‘By members joining forces throughout the country to lobby their local politicians we can collectively show that by implementing [what] our simple manifesto asks we can improve the built environment for the better.’

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