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Tap in to our cities' hidden resources

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It is the danger of any political initiative to be attracted by large gestures that are going to take ages and cost millions. It is often forgotten that a myriad of small interventions can add up to more in the end.

So it is with the current brownfield thinking. As I said in the Evening Standard/Architecture Foundation meeting last year on housing and at the second Edge debate, there are plenty of smallscale sites in our cities suitable for housing. Many of these are in council ownership and will require a heightened density when developed (AJ 20.2.97). ABK has studied a number of potential solutions.

I would suggest each borough or council is encouraged to identify these sites. In my view it is our cities' hidden resource which once recognised will provide for the immediate needs.

RICHARD BURTON CBE Ahrends Burton and Koralek

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