Public Design Group

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Public Design Group


Argued that it was only through the public sector that the majority of people could have access to the land and resources needed for housing, education and other essential services. The task was therefore to reform the practice of architecture in local councils to provide an accessible and accountable design service. The Public Design Group proposed reforms to the practice of architecture in local councils to provide a design service accessible and accountable to local people and service users. The following 6 Interim Proposals were developed which were later initiated and implemented in Haringey Council 1979-1985 by NAM members.

  • Local area control over resources
  • Design teams to be area based
  • Area design teams to be multi-disciplinary
  • Project architects to report directly to committee
  • Abolish posts between Team Leader and Chief Architect
  • Joint working groups with Direct Labour Organisations

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