Firstly Happy new year everyone, i have been away for a while but its good to see the discusion as lively as ever,
I have being thinking a lot lately about the great advances in technology, and the benefits these should allow us. Then thinking of one, planning permission, and it being a token gesture, as from my own experience people rarely look at the compulsory notices on building sites, and the notices in papers merely a formality. And from the experiences I have had with the council when asking to see proposals, was as if I was putting them out of their way. Of course this is not always the case, but you must agree there is little encouragement for people to take a real interest in the surroundings. Now with the widespread use of the Internet, Planning permission applications could be posted on councils web sites. As more and more designers are going digital with ACAD drawings and images such as PhotoShop, it seem easier to keep these formats on the web, not printed out and put in a drawer, accessibility. Technology today offer endless opportunities, CAD models transferred to VRML, creating on-line 3d models, would allows people to have a better idea of what is being proposed both visually and spatially, making looking at line plans (A lot of which you would have to be an Architect to understand) and 2d images of rendered facades almost archaic. This would allow people to better understand what is going on around them an encouraging them to take an interest.
Imagine Discussion lists on proposals which would allow people it concernes to discuss the development and others to hear there views, educating, informing and criticising, just like us on the on this siteâ€¦â€¦â€¦ why not ?