But, as the dust settles, it is clear that good ideas don’t die, even if they fade in the glare of short-sighted ideology. And CABE is a very good idea. The Australian Urban Design Initiative was stimulated by CABE – and is evolving as a very positive force in meeting the 21st century challenges for Australian cities and towns.
Was CABE due for a review? Probably – but decimation? This edition of Urban Design Forum includes articles about some current CABE programs. There are many people in UK (including some builders and developers) working to ensure that the leadership and inspiration of CABE continues in new forms – when wiser heads prevail.