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Lord Rogers' unit to advise on London's 100 new squares

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Lord Rogers' architecture and urbanism unit has plans for 100 new squares across London, the AJ has learnt. The £100,000 project, to be announced in May, aims to make the best of public spaces.

The GLA is currently consulting with the city's 33 boroughs, Transport for London and the London Development Agency to identify 10 squares for a pilot project to begin in the spring. They will create green spaces as well as pedestrian piazzas.

As the mayor's architectural advisor, Lord Rogers will take the lead on the project and advise on the appointment of designers. The move follows a similar project in Barcelona. The Spanish city, which won the RIBA Gold Medal in 2000, has been held up by Lord Rogers as an exemplar of successful regeneration.

Other initiatives will include Business Improvement Districts - an idea imported from the US in which businesses sponsor improvements to their local public spaces.

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