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In a veiled attack on the development industry, RIBA president Marco Goldschmied last week blamed the pursuit of individual freedom and 'the sanctity of private land ownership and speculation' for the poor quality of architecture in the UK over the last 50 years. At the launch of a RIBA conference, Design Quality: the Evidence , Goldschmied claimed that principles of land ownership and development, where building design is a matter of individual choice, has undermined the quality of ...

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