The range of articles in this issue of Studies in Design Education Cra!t and Technology is, we believe, one of the most extensive and most interesting we have yet published. We are confident that it is likely to be of the greatest interest to our growing band of readers. We begin with a discussion of the central, but seldom examined question of Design Education: whom is it for? Cross, in a forthright article, suggests that our target should be lay people who use design rather than execute it; who decide what should be designed rather than decide the details of designing. He questions whether we might stop talking about participation in the design process and instead start thinking about liberation from the design process. He recognises that the strategies he advocates might not be generally recognised as design education at all but suggests 'it is the kind of design for lay people that all of us need',
Roberts in a commentary on Cross's article continues the exploration of these ideas and considers how such radical approaches might be put in to practice. In doing so he turns many more of our well loved assumptions upside down. Readers of Studies in Design Education Cra!t and Technology have, since the project's inception, taken a keen interest in Art and the Built Environment. In this issue Adams gives a progress report and a reappraisal of the objects of the project. Of special interest will be the examples of students' work in the project showing precisely that developed perception of the environment that the project seeks to foster.