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Chasing the elusive connection between 'good' and 'design'

These days we are bombarded with exhortations about the power of good design. Top-level talks find it high up on the agenda. Bottom-level talks cling to it as the last refuge of the scoundrel (now that use of the word 'sustainability' has been banned).Good design, it seems, can make everything OK, from the planning application right through to the Stirling Prize. It can even make you rich on the way.

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