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A debate on civic space in the 21st Century

According to Sunand Prasad, architect and CABE commissioner, the concept of 'civic space' is the product of 'that moment of faith in centralised government' during the years of the welfare state, which found such optimistic architectural expression in the populist aesthetic of the Festival of Britain. But for Prasad, the concept has become tarnished by its 'centralist, top-down tenor'; just as the South Bank Centre, described by Deyan Sudjic as 'a village hall for the city', has become ...

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