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Are Property Developers "Ruining Our Cities"?

Are Property Developers "Ruining Our Cities"?
Are Property Developers "Ruining Our Cities"?, Phase 3, Battersea Power Station redevelopment (London). Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners / Gehry Partners
Phase 3, Battersea Power Station redevelopment (London). Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners / Gehry Partners

Alongside a number of recent articles that explore the rise of the urban property developer and the subsequent "threat" to the built environment, Oliver Wainwright of The Guardian explores at length how developers are "exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities." In discussion with Peter Rees, former Chief Planning Officer for the City of London and responsible for the financial district's monuments of today, Wainwright discusses the lack of accountability of the vast majority of urban developers. While local councils attempt to secure the next iconic development for their area many planners, authorities and developers are locked in a battle over the built fabric of our cities. Read the article in full here.

Alternatively, read an article arguing that there is in fact a growing symbiosis between architects and developers in the UK from Blueprint Magazine:

The Evolving Symbiosis Between Architects & Developers in the UK

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Are Property Developers "Ruining Our Cities"?" 18 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/549393/are-property-developers-ruining-our-cities/> ISSN 0719-8884

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