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A welcome for Scottish architecture policy

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Oh dear. . . 'a coherent national policy on architecture, which only the mean spirited would attempt to criticise' (Editorial, AJ 11.10.01).

'An architecture policy would draw together and consolidate all of the work that is going on - from sustainability and regeneration to planning, regional development agencies, local design champions and even PFI. It would put architecture higher up the political agenda and would ensure that architectural quality takes higher precedence than it does at the moment, ' says Jonathan Labrey, the RIBA's head of government relations (RIBA Practice Bulletin, no125).

A Policy for Scottish Architecture . . . 'waffle' . . . 'pious generalisation' . . . 'smug assumptions' . . . 'MacBean' . . . 'McSporran' . . . 'MacDuff ' . . . 'MacPhun' (Hellman, AJ 11.10.01).

Congratulations to the Scottish Executive on taking a positive step towards a national approach towards architecture that should avoid some of the Wembley and Picketts Lock fiascos. (Don't mention the Scottish Parliament, though! ) Tom Hamilton, Glasgow G3

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