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No snub intended by Urban Design Group

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Your editorial, 'Urban design must embrace the weird and the wonderful' (AJ 27.9.01), neatly summed up the challenge of designing in a context of contentious public issues.

The need to train designers with an unusually wide range of skills is the reason for the Urban Design Group seeking to encourage the best work of the next generation, through its biennial exhibition of students' work.

Your news report noted the disappointment of some tutors that the jury this year decided not to award a cash prize (which, incidentally, is awarded not by the UDG but by the Frances Tibbalds Trust). This was in no way intended as a snub. The unanimous view of the judges reflects a desire to maintain and improve on the very high standard of work exhibited at previous UDG student exhibitions. Commendations were made to students from the LSE and Manchester School of Architecture.

For years the UDG has been the only organisation actively supporting urban design courses, their tutors and students.We will continue to be closely involved with their work.

Marcus Wilshere Chair, Urban Design Group

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