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Progress on urban renaissance, from Mayor's Architecture and Urbanism Unit
Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, today issued details of the work his Architecture and Urbanism Unit has been carrying out in the past year.
The Unit, led by Richard Rogers, chief adviser to the Mayor on architecture and urbanism, is working alongside boroughs and the Mayor’s economic and transport agencies to ensure some of London’s biggest developments involve high quality architecture and urban design.
Ken Livingstone said: ‘Well-designed neighbourhoods improve quality of life. London cannot accommodate its growing population and improve conditions for existing residents without the highest quality architecture and urban design. I am delighted by the work of the Architecture and Urbanism Unit so far. They are engaged in some of the most important development projects in London, especially in the Thames Gateway, where development on the scale of a new city is planned.’
Work undertaken by the A +UU in partnership with the London Development Agency, Transport for London and the London boroughs, includes:
· Developing a blueprint for development in London Riverside, six square kilometres of the Thames stretching from Barking to Rainham Marsh.
Richard Rogers said: ‘London’s urban renaissance should affect every street, every neighbourhood and every citizen. London can only develop as a compact and sustainable city, if we focus closely on the design of our buildings and the spaces between them. I am delighted with the start the A+UU has made in developing these objectives.’
Notes to Editors
1. The A+UU has issued a brochure on its vision for London, and an update on projects it is involved in.
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