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Europe expects

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To Finland, to take part in a European Forum meeting on design quality.This group, comprising interested parties from government departments, architecture schools and professional institutions across the EU, meets annually to discuss matters of common interest. A lively occasion, helped by splendid hospitality, had one big shadow hanging over it:

Brussels' desire to enforce a four-year education course across Europe. Given the expectations of clients in both public and private sectors these days, one thing that is obvious is that any diminution in the course length constitutes the worst sort of dumbing down.

Is anybody listening?

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