The Glass-House Community Led Design was shocked and saddened to see that DCMS had withdrawn funding from CABE. This sends a worrying message to those of us working to support quality placemaking as an essential part of building confident, cohesive and sustainable communities. We can only hope that the withdrawal of funding from CABE will be tempered by new and creative ways for Central Government to support a quality public realm and the improvement of our streets, buildings, spaces, housing and neighbourhoods for the benefit of communities throughout the UK.
Over the past 10 years, CABE has been an important champion for design quality and has worked hard to raise awareness of the role of the built environment in our quality of life. As in any relationship, ours with CABE has not been without its differences in opinion and approach, but we send them today a heartfelt message of support, respect and gratitude for their invaluable contribution to the way we all look at, talk about and carry out changes to our public realm. We also thank CABE for their work with The Glass-House to promote and support community led design.
Whatever the future and legacy of CABE may be, we must all continue to champion good design and to build on our joint work to help communities create places that work, nurture, inspire and delight.
Sophia de Sousa
The Glass-House Community Led Design