Why design matters
The history and culture o a nation are written in itsbuildings, public spaces, towns and cities. Throughtheir design and how we live our lives in them, werecognise what is special about our society andcommunities. Every new building and public spaceis an expression o our values and aspirations. Howplaces are looked ater speaks volumes about oursel-esteem and sense o national and local prideand identity. Architecture and urbanism are arts just assurely as painting and sculpture. The built environmentis a cultural asset. It is essential to design it welland to manage and maintain it to high standards.
‘Get design andmanagement rightand we make placesto treasure’
We all use the built environment – buildings,streets, parks and public spaces – every day.Get design and management right and we makeplaces to treasure. Get them wrong and we buildin alienation and dysunction. CABE’s job is toimprove quality o lie by advising on how tomake places that will be valued by everyone.People must be at the heart o any strategy orthe built environment. Places that delight tend tobe valued and cared or. Places that do not tendto cost us in crime, high maintenance, poor healthand social exclusion. They become liabilities.The best tests remain the simple ones. Is this abeautiul place that people cherish? Does it workwell and lend itsel to easy management? Will itlast and be sustainable?
No building exists only or the people who paidor it or who use it. Everybody has to live with it.Streets and parks belong to us all. We have everyright to demand the best rom those who createand care or our buildings and public spaces.The public requently pays a heavy price – thecost o bad design – or the upkeep and, ultimately,replacement o the design and managementmistakes o the past. Good design, managementand maintenance are in the public interest.And CABE is here to be an advocate or the publicinterest and to deend it when it’s under threat.Buildings, streets and public spaces cannot beseen in isolation rom each other. To be successulthey must work together. CABE cares deeply aboutthe quality o the architecture o individual buildingsbut also about the built environment as a whole.CABE campaigns tirelessly or good urban andlandscape design and high quality managementthat bind the separate parts o a place together.CABE prides itsel on working across boundariesand joining the work o proessionals with thato non-proessionals. Many dierent disciplinesare involved in designing and managing the builtenvironment; yet architecture, planning, landscapeand urban design are indivisible. CABE startsrom the viewpoint o the people who use the builtenvironment. They value places where everythingcomes together to create an enjoyable experience.CABE helps the proessions to work with decisionmakers so that all the components o the builtenvironment receive equal care, creating placesthat people will enjoy and cherish.