How democratic are access committees?

Nothing about us without usProfessor Rob Imrie posed this question at the ACAA/UD conference. His presentation posed the contention that access panels or committees are seen as a means of community participation. However, in reality the structure and processes of meetings often prevent full discussion and participation. Using the access panel set up before the London Olympics as an example, he and his research partner Dr Kim Kullman investigate the thoughts and actions of this panel. One participant bemoans, “Constructive dialogue… ‘you’ve got a team of architects that come along, giving up valuable time to try and work with the group, and what they do is they get it in the neck and their first reaction to that when they walk out the door is “never again”’. Scroll half way down the presentation slides to get the case study.