Victory in a debate… (now with podcast)

For once the tables were slightly turned. There was an RIBA debate on whether the UK ‘urban renaissance’ really happened. Curious idea, and a bit like being at school. But it was between Roger Madelin (Argent plc) and Fred Manson (formerly Southwark LB) on the one side and myself and Austin Williams (in effect an anti-authoritarian architect) on the other. The chairman initially took a vote and found 3 on our side and everyone else, with some abstainers, on the other. But in the end we won by 42 to 41 so clearly it was possible to sway some opinion and I was enouraged by that. Continue reading “Victory in a debate… (now with podcast)”