The new AIA President, Karl Fender, is proposing Australia develop an advisory board like the British CABE. The independent group would provide advice to government at all levels, review major public designs and increase design knowledge and appreciation at local council level. CABE seems to be a great idea and has instigated some great design decisions, for example their many publications on housing standards and better educational facilities.
I would actually like to see the Institute’s role extended in this way, rather than developing yet another organisation. There is such a wealth of knowledge in the Institute and it would be great to see it utilise that in more of an advisory, research and reviewing role. I believe the Institute should act as an independent body to advise government on the value of good design and a better built environment.
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