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Dispute misses positive point of School Works

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School Works is a project that will change the ways in which British secondary-school buildings are procured and designed. For the first time in Britain the government has committed financial support to an open-ended process whereby user groups and the wider community will be involved in defining and designing a public building. The project is funded by the dfee as a national demonstration and has been hailed as path-breaking by the Treasury pfi Taskforce. It is also endorsed by the riba and cabe.

We were surprised that the aj did not report this important news in the week that the riba launched the competition. Ruth Slavid's focus on a long-resolved dispute undermines this important project (AJ 2/9.12.99) and its contribution to the profession and British secondary schools.

Richard Rogers, chair of the Architecture Foundation

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