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Gove: Richard Rogers won’t design your school

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What has Mr Gove got against design? Moreover what authority has he got in sensing what makes a happy learning space in the 21st century? Is he not be interested in all the satisfied Heads who have over the last few years successfully commissioned architects to add new facilities and help effect a transformation in the entire educational environment, benefitting pupils, teachers and visitors. They have the authority to talk about the benefits of procuring good architectural design. The BSF system is over now, but the benefits to numerous schools around the country remain, and construction firms will cater more generically for the demanding needs of individual school communities and their sites. I thought the UK was renowned worldwide for its exceptional design skills (it is); I thought it was a key part of its USP, but here we have a government whose stance strongly suggests it doesn't care about that reality. Good quality design is essential for the furtherance and enrichment of society. We already have it as a necessity, and heaping professional abuse just shows how little the government really cares about communities and their needs.

Posted date

2 February, 2011

Posted time

6:07 pm

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