So everybody is to blame, government, developers, planners, procurement rules, regulations and RIBA as well. This is probably another side effect of the increasing inequality of our societies. Star architecture (not necessarily good quality in any case ) for upmarket developments, and mediocre, developers led urban design, housing and facilities for the large majority. There's no good architecture and urban design outside the boundaries of social justice, and this is not at odds with aesthetic attributes. I can only think the generosity of historical stone architecture in Edinburgh and how the richness of details convey an aesthetic experience, and represent a manifest of city pride and generosity.
Across two decades of helter-skelter socio-economic change, architects have simply failed to get a hugely important message across to the public, to planners and to those in Goveland. It is that architects and architecture of unmistakable quality are absolutely crucial to the future intelligible meaning of our cultural and commercial landscapes.