Is more evidence to the incompetence and irrelevance of the RIBA needed????
How do Hammond (as well as Policy Exchange and Create Streets if they have been involved) propose to:
- Balance changing high street uses while abolishing planning? The article suggest a new mix on the high street, including: 'leisure and community uses such as gyms, libraries, health care and office use as well as creating more homes'.
Without planning it seems likely that run-down high streets will be converted to cheap substandard housing areas quickly and with little (or no) opportunity for ever reverting this.
- Ensure that this is 'an opportunity to bring forward well-designed homes which enhance the streetscape' while abolishing planning...?
Given that the planning process is the only way of securing any level of quality in the built environment in the UK outside the most privileged areas this seems unlikely to put it mildly.
Abolishing planning is not the way forward in an opportunistic society like ours and it must be resisted!
It would have been fun if this article had been framed in terms of the Science Museum as an extraordiary and ambitious client, who understands that to do things exceptionally well, risks need to be taken and managed; over time. As well as muf's constant search for an architecture of specificity and joy in the potential of the public realm and their fellow human beings.
Imagine if it had been framed as a 'success story' as it was by the Science Museum themselves.
... and in Tootemham they build what looks like a giant plastic toaster
The RIBA should look at how to develop the standing of the profession and a culture of appropriate fee levels.