SHAPE EAST TO CLOSE
Shape East, the Architecture and Built Environment Centre for the East of England based in Cambridge, is to cease operating from 31st December 2013.
Shape East was established in 2001, and since then has promoted a wide range of projects and initiatives connected with design in the built environment, focussing in particular on young people and education and, more recently, on design review for local authorities.
Following the withdrawal of funding from national and regional sponsors in 2012, Shape East has had to operate at a much reduced level, and the Trustees have reluctantly decided that it has now lost the critical mass necessary to maintain a viable programme of activities.
However, Shape Eastís parent company, the Built Environment Education Trust, will continue to exist under the auspices of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry, and its web-based resources, such as the popular walks series, will remain live. Meanwhile the East of England Design Panel will continue to be managed by Design South East with the support of the Design Network, ensuring the continuation of expert, independent design review for local authorities and developers.
The Chair of the Trustees of Shape East, Nichola Harrison, said: ĎI would like to thank all the people in the region who have supported Shape Eastís activities over the last twelve years, and in particular to thank the staff and trustees who have tried so hard to build a successful regional architecture centre. It is sad that we have had to close down our activities, but I hope that others may pick up the challenge of promoting high quality design in the region in other ways in the future when and if the funding situation improves.í
WHAT IS SHAPE EAST?
SHAPE EAST helps people to make better places in the East of England. To do this we offer an expert Design Review service, run design support training and tours for local authorities and a public engagement programme for communities and young people. Our central aim is to provide a positive influence on the quality of urban design and the built environment through supporting the professional community, engaging the public and educating the future generations.
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