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ROGERS WELCOMES NEW NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE CHAMPION

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The chairman of the government's urban task force, Lord Rogers, has welcomed the government's recent decision to cr...
The chairman of the government's urban task force, Lord Rogers, has welcomed the government's recent decision to create a new independent body to promote best practice in architecture.

The new body will take on the design review function of the Royal Fine Arts Commission, but with a much wider and more proactive

remit, including funding and promotional work at the national and

regional level.

Lord Rogers said:

'At last it looks like we are going to have the national champion

for British architecture that we have needed for so long. I commend

Chris Smith on his decision. What is now important is that the

government consults widely on how the new body should be set up and

how it should carry out its functions. We only get one shot at this

and we have to get it right.

'As chairman of the urban task force, one of the main priorities for

me is to ensure that the new body places urban design at the heart of

the government's urban regeneration agenda. It will have to work

closely with the regional development agencies, housing developers,

local authorities and social housing providers, in a collective

national effort to raise design standards in our towns and cities.'

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