I came across this the other day from Design Observer:
An interesting rebound effect of public spending cuts in the UK is that the UK Design Council and CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) are to merge.
The move brings UK policy for design, architecture and public space together in a single organization.
The new entity will provide a one stop shop for design support and advice to industry, communities, central and local government.
You can read more by following the link above. But I did like this quote from Lord Bichard, Chair of the design Council, who said: “”Now more than ever we need design at the heart of social and economic renewal, and a strong message about design in all its forms. I am looking forward to working with our colleagues at CABE and with a wide range of industry partners to make this a success.”
Now if only our government really would put design at the heart of social and economic renewal we may get some interesting and even groundbreaking solutions. There’s a thought indeed!