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Re:urbanism 'charter' calls for revolution in education

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The authors of Re: urbanism, the book that demanded last year's Urban Summit adopt a 'totally new regeneration agenda', will unveil a 'charter for cities' this September, calling for a revolution in architectural education.

The charter - which will demand 'real changes in the working practices of those professions that look after cities' - will be presented to the government and to a 'joint meeting of the professional institutions'.

Co-author Kelvin Campbell, a director of Urban Initiatives, said the charter's main focus would be education. 'There is something fundamentally wrong with the current system and this is where we will start, ' he said. 'Current architectural education focuses on planning large sites and not on the way the overall city works. The urban design professions are failing to grasp the large picture.'

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