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RIBA Council members travel to Israel and Palestine for talks on settlements


Dear Abe, This is simply not true; RIBA was founded in order to promote British Architecture – that’s it! Therefore, as a British Architect member I’d much prefer them to push for reform in our dysfunctional planning system that gives absolute control to planners that have zero knowledge or understanding about architecture & design. I am personally frustrated at how easy it is for projects to be stuck for ridiculous reasons for months in the appeals system and the outdated bureaucracy of the UK planning system. If RIBA would like to fight for the worldwide justice of architecture then why not fight to recover and hand back to its original owners all the architectural items that have been stolen from countries in the past and are currently sitting in British museums? Israel is a democratic country where you have full freedom of speech and press, therefore people behind the ‘campaigns of hate’ know they can get away with it. It seems unjust that this blanket approach towards Israeli architects will alienate the architects that make a conscience choice not to be involved in the projects that are based in disputed land. There is so much wrong within the Middle East at the moment but RIBA decides to pick up on a small and easy target to get political gain in knowing that they can safely send their ‘panel of experts’ as judges. I would like to see how they would be welcomed in China or Turkey !?

Posted date

11 November, 2014

Posted time

2:50 pm