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The RIBA’s role takes on fresh importance post-Grenfell

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Repellant media coverage? Will Self's musings on BBC R4 'A Point of View' ('After Grenfell') are worth listening to - yes, quoting the recently deceased Irvine Sellar made me think twice, but the content is entirely to the point - and very, very far away from the mad and frightening prejudices of the deceptively mild-mannered Mr McDonnell. I think that Mr Self's straight talking is very welcome, as it's hardly uninformed prejudice, and it's all too easy for architects to bask comfortably in a febrile world of well-funded flash superficiality - as increasingly on display in this country, particularly in London. And the news this morning is of 'multiple fire safety inspection failures' in the superficially smart looking Chalcot Estate tower blocks that are now being evacuated, with more than a thousand fire doors missing, faulty gas pipe installation, breaches of internal walls and inaccessible stairways. I think that we'll all be returning to the subject of the Grenfell Tower fire - surely no-one can sweep this under the carpet, however much they'd like to think it's all just a bad dream.

Posted date

27 June, 2017

Posted time

10:56 am

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