Culture minister David Lammy has warned that architects and developers are in danger of repeating the mistakes of the 1960s by ignoring the needs of people when designing new schemes.
Speaking at the Think 07 conference this morning, the MP for Tottenham said too many new developments 'edit out social interaction and discriminate on economic grounds'. He added, 'I am yet to be convinced that built environment professionals truly have a grip [on this issue]. Will today's flagship developments be seen in 20 years' time as replicating the mistakes of the 1960s?'Lammy said his own constituency was full of 1960s estates which 'don't work for people'. He added, 'mistakes in design affect communities for decades afterwards'. Yet Lammy said there are also many examples of good new developments which do take account of human needs, such as those 'which are designed to encourage people to exercise and reduce traffic congestion'.
Lammy also called for more diversity in the architectural profession: 'It is deeply concerning that 94% of architects are white and 82% are male,' he said.
The Think 07 conference on sustainability and regeneration runs from 1-3 May at London's Excel. Go to www.Think07.co.uk for more details