“We need design at the heart of social and economic renewal”

Design Council and CABE logos

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!

 

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3 responses to ““We need design at the heart of social and economic renewal”

  1. Paul Kelly

    I think i would go further and suggest it’s not design we need at the heart of social and economic renewal but instead creativity, with strong creativity in all aspects of business and life we could improve opportunities, hope, thinking and desire. I agree very much that no more than ever great design can provide the structure for the future but it will be creativity that’s makes the structure strong and secure for all.

  2. Yes Paul I agree that creativity is one of the major factors. But good designers have many strengths including the ability to compromise without loosing sight of their own goals and the objective of the brief. Excellent listening and co-operative skills (apparently lacking in the political arena). Objectivity and integrity, without which we are nothing but mercenaries.

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