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< previous page page_24 next page > Page 24 implemented an ambitious strategy. Attention was given to improving the efficiency of the construction process. This has to be tackled across a wide front, including improved design practices and improved construction methods. The Board has to compel architects and engineers to develop more ''buildable" designs so that the work can be more easily tackled by increasing numbers of relatively less skilled foreign workers. Professional bodies such as the Singapore Institute of Architects and the Institute of Engineers fear that such practices inhibit the creativity and freedom of the professions they represent. In turn, building-material suppliers and manufacturers express concern that such measures will require extensive changes to manufacturing and distribution processes. Occasionally major developers and building owners may be led by the other interest groups to the view that these measures will prevent their projects from adopting a unique design and character. There is a mixture of fact,
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