The GLA's Architecture and Urbanism Unit is to expand with two new appointments, a move made possible by the decision of the unit's chairman Lord Rogers to waive his fee for the current financial year.
The budget, originally allocated for Rogers' time, will now be spent on projects to improve London's public spaces and other renaissance projects. To that end a search is now under way for a project manager for the Public Spaces Programme and an urban design assistant.
The unit is already involved in a range of projects including Barking Reach, Bishopsgate Goodsyard and Vauxhall Cross. Details of a project to improve 100 public spaces (AJ 21.3.02) are due to be launched by the mayor in June or July, with the aim of creating exemplary public areas, including parks, streets and squares throughout London.
'The Architecture and Urbanism Unit has made a good start in promoting an urban renaissance in London, ' said Rogers. 'I am committed to public service and making a difference for London. The mayor and I feel that many of London's public spaces are a squalid disgrace to a world city.'