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Design governance the CABE way, its effectiveness and legitimacy

Carmona, M; De Magalhaes, CS; Natarajan, L; (2018) Design governance the CABE way, its effectiveness and legitimacy. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability , 11 (1) pp. 1-23. 10.1080/17549175.2017.1341425. Green open access

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Abstract

From its creation in 1999 to its demise as a government-funded organisation 11 years later, the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment (CABE) fronted a national drive in England for better design in the built environment. Whilst not universally supported at home, its scope and ambition were certainly impressive, and as an organisation it was unique on a global scale. As such the study of this exceptional initiative offers an unparalleled opportunity to shine a light on the often unfathomable processes of governing the design of development. This paper reflects on the organisation in two key ways. First, from the narrow perspective of CABE’s impact: what worked and what did not; and what can we learn from CABE. Second, what does the experience tell us about the nature and purpose of design governance and about the role and legitimacy of government within this most “wicked” of policy arenas.

Type: Article
Title: Design governance the CABE way, its effectiveness and legitimacy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17549175.2017.1341425
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/17549175.2017.1341425
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: CABE, design governance, urban design, impact
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1520062
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