McLaughlin on Scruton: Changing building culture is not like changing icing on a cake

Darbishire Place, Peabody Housing, E1 by Niall McLaughlin Architects

We should be talking about process not style, says architect

Attempting to improve housing quality by discussing style is “patently absurd”, Niall McLaughin has said.

It’s like trying to tackle structural issues by changing the colour of the icing on a cake.

The architect behind the Stirling-shortlisted Darbishire Place housing in Whitechapel added his voice to the criticism surrounding the government’s appointment of Roger Scruton to head up its beautiful housing commission.

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