After a particularly rocky second half of 2010 for the UK’s Design Council and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, between being forced into non-profit status and getting funding slashed entirely, the two discussed the possibilites of a merger at the end of December. Now it looks like it’s set to be official, with the two joining forces come April 1st to help oversee both design, research and building projects in the UK, just as they had before. The services they’ve offered to communities and to the government itself are said to not be changing very much, though the combined entity will continue ahead as an “independent charitable organization,” only partially financed by British tax dollars. Here’s their list of what their combined new mission will entail:
Design Review, which provides expert advice to councils, developers and communities through reviews of major proposed projects both at a national and local level. Promoting the value of good building and spatial design to businesses and communities and, in particular, facilitating well-designed new homes and neighbourhoods. Mentoring and advice to businesses, public services and university technology offices on the strategic use of design, from a national team of expert design strategists. High profile design challenges which bring together the best in design, manufacturing and services to develop and introduce innovative solutions to national issues in health, security and sustainability.