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Howarth reveals architecture body's new name

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Culture minister Alan Howarth has unveiled the acronym 'cabe' for the new body formerly known as the Architecture Commission - in full it will now be known as the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Howarth revealed the new name in a speech to the Civic Trust, as part of a rehearsal of its remit. 'We should demand the best architecture in our houses, schools and workplaces, as well as in our Millennium Domes and British Libraries,' he said. 'We need all our citizens to understand that they have part to play in developing our environment: the right to pronounce on buildings is not the sole prerogative of those with architectural qualifications.' Howarth added that there was a sea-change in government thinking on public buildings, with 'recent Treasury guidance making it absolutely clear that design quality matters' - despite its views on d&b.

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