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Hunt for UK's 'failed' buildings
Centrepoint
London's Centrepoint forces pedestrians into a busy bus lane
A search for the most badly-designed building in Britain has been launched by the body which advises the government on architecture.

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment is encouraging people to send in their nominations for the greatest structural failures.

So far, those put forward for the award include the Centrepoint Tower in London and Liverpool's Rocket flyover.

Nominations should be sent by e-mail to baddesign@cabe.org.uk

Cabe, which has launched the award as part of Architecture Week, wants to draw attention to the costs of bad design.

People see where they want to go and they take the most direct way towards it
Cabe spokesman

It says many developers have still not learnt from past mistakes - such as failing to understand pedestrians' needs.

It points to Centrepoint in central London, where badly-designed paving forces pedestrians into the bus lane as they try to pass the building.

"People see where they want to go and they take the most direct way towards it. We have to design by researching how people behave," said Matt Bell of Cabe.

He said people spent too much time thinking how a building or street looked like, without considering the real impact on quality of life.

Kensington High Street, in west London, was one of our few success stories, he said.

It had been stripped of barriers and decluttered, making more of a "mixed" space for both motorists and pedestrians.




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