'There's always a risk in designing interesting public spaces'

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Architects and landscape designers should be allowed to take risks when they create new public spaces – or everywhere will end up bland and sanitised, according to professionals working in the sector.

Threats to public safety are an inherent danger in the creation of new and interesting public spaces, they said.

A panel including We Made That founding partner Holly Lewis, Argent public-realm project director Julia Finlayson and Gustafson Porter & Bowman director Neil Porter told BD Live that there was always a learning curve for designers and the public with new space.

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