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There is no lack of home-grown talent

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Come on aj, do not assume that because no British landscape names appear in the shortlist for the design of the Jubilee Gardens that there is a lack of any home-grown talent.

I am sure I will not be alone among the 2600 Chartered British Landscape Architects in saying that I'd have loved the chance for a crack at the design of the Jubilee Gardens. But this was no open competition.

It was, and is, the usual mish-mash of expressions of interest from which too many landscape architects were excluded by the nature of the conditions, including that old chestnut 'experience', the follow-up of the 'shortlist' teams and the inevitable 'interview'. Would the Skylon have ever got off the ground under the same circumstances?

Why do we continue to allow such processes to scupper the possibilities for the demonstration of native talent?

I would expect the aj to be more critical of the shortfalls of the system, rather than taking the opportunity to make a seeming sidesweep at the landscape profession in this country.


We should have made it clear that this was an invited rather than a design competition. Ed.

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