Creating a civic realm: the future of design codes

Design codes are being piloted across the UK with the hope that they will maintain quality, respond to market choice and lead to environmental sustainability. But is the quest for the urban design equivalent of the philosopher's stone really that viable? Ivor Samuels explores the issues
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