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Stifling of creative design is at fault

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Many thanks for Paul Hyett's compliments in his column on Brunel (aj 14.5.98), but I do think he is wrong to believe that the training of engineers is at fault for the overall lack of delight in civil engineering.

My own experience of organisations such as the Department of Transport and their agents is that they stifle creative design through a process of attrition that ultimately makes only the ordinary worthy of consideration. Until these organisations act as patrons with a clear responsibility for quality, any attempts to educate more design-orientated civil engineers will only serve to raise young people's ambitions to see them dashed on their first outing.

MARK WHITBY

London W1

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