Given that cities and towns are universally recognised as primary drivers of the economy, and that their quality is a primary driver of their value, it is very surprising that the incoming UK government decided to decimate CABE – a case of ideological politics side-lining commonsense economics, shooting yourselves in the foot.
But, as the dust settles, it is clear that good ideas don’t die, even if they fade in the glare of short-sighted ideology. And CABE is a very good idea. The Australian Urban Design Initiative was stimulated by CABE – and is evolving as a very positive force in meeting the 21st century challenges for Australian cities and towns.
Was CABE due for a review? Probably – but decimation? This edition of Urban Design Forum includes articles about some current CABE programs. There are many people in UK (including some builders and developers) working to ensure that the leadership and inspiration of CABE continues in new forms – when wiser heads prevail.
Also in UDFQ 92: December 2010:
- National Spotlight on Urban Design
- Melbourne Place-making Series
- QUDAL Celebrates 10 years
- Integrating Heritage and Modern Design
- What Have Fridges and Washing Machines Got To Do With Improving Housing Quality?
- Using 3D Game Engine Technology
- Knowledge Hubs, Innovation Precincts, Technology Parks, Employment Centres
- Urban Dreaming: Australian Cities For The Future
- Who Has Trump Cards and Who’s Bluffing? The Age Old Sydney-Melbourne Rivalry
- US Leads Way To Communities of The Future
- Shaping The Future
- CABE Celebrates Vintage Year For English Housing
- A Charter for Queensland Places
- Conferences, etc