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Edinburgh News July 29 – August 4 2002

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Edinburgh Building News in July 29 – August 4 2002

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Finally the behind-the-scenes discussions of the last year are coming out in the open: Details below.

Edinburgh Architecture fully supports this venture, and, indeed has been encouraging it.

The website is useful in creating connections and great for non-architects, locals and tourists alike. It also provides a starting point for more serious studies and tours. But a physical centre is so useful for exhibitions and talks that maybe can’t fit in at the RIAS or RFACS for example.

Any Architecture Centre must be for the public and marketed as such. The Registration Body and Conservation Bodies can then perhaps re-focus more on their own specific areas. It has to be centrally located and accessible to locals and tourists. My recent visit to Copenhagen’s Gammel Dok Architecture Centre revealed a new layout that would serve as an excellent template: models, plans, exhibitions, cafe and bookshop.

Whatever happens in the Centre, and whether it uses Architecture in the title (I think it should, but the Patrick Geddes Centre is a strong alternative, thanks Martin Hulse) there should be a physical model of the city. Animations, perspectives and plans just don’t penetrate the popular pysche: the model is tangible, understandable, grounding.

Edinburgh Contemporary Architecture is Edinburgh’s Architecture Centre in the eyes of many and listed by numerous European websites as such. It may be virtual but it has real repurcussions in forming opinions and resultant visits and orientated for full access to the built environment. In the drive to a physical centre let’s not forget what we have already achieved across the city and it’s various architectural groups.

Open Forum concerning Edinburgh City Visual Arts & Crafts Strategy
City Art Centre: 20 Aug, 6pm

Meeting hosted jointly by City Council and The EAA to discuss issues relating to the new five year strategy for Visual Arts & Crafts in the City currently being prepared by consultant Peter Davies for The Edinburgh City Council. Specific discussions to the architectural content of this document will be lead by Malcolm Fraser. Please confirm attendance in advance via email to jane.warrilow@edinburgh.gov.uk or telephone 0131 529 3958. Alternatively send written responses to Jane Warrilow at the City Art Centre, 2 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE by 26.08.02.

Galleries Architect Shortlist announced

Princes Street shortened £100m underground Galleries scheme by
Edinburgh City Council-owned developer EDI Group and Dutch property company MAB
– who are jointly masterminding the scheme:-

Allan Murray Architects
Allies & Morrison Architects
Dixon & Jones
Elder & Cannon
Erick Van Egeraat Associated Architects
Gareth Hoskins Architects
Jo Coenen & Co Architects
Lifschutz Davidson
Narud Stokke Wiig
Page & Park Architects
Richard Murphy Architects
Rick Mather Architects

Alba Exclusive
Michael Laird Architects’ recently completed building at the Alba Campus in Livingston

Bus Depot
Wimpey six-storey 314-flat scheme for Shrub Place, Jenkins & Marr Architects, set to get go ahead next week
Proposed £30m transformation of derelict bus depot into flats looks set to get the go-ahead – despite flood of protests…. Alan Henderson describes the plans are a “good representative of contemporary design”.
Shrub Place

Morrison Street Goods Yard: Architecture Centre?
Remember the Architecture Centre competition a few years ago won by a certain Norwegian practice?
As widely reported in the local Press – especially the possible use of half the profits for three down-at-heel housing estates – EDI have purchased this Haymarket Goods Yard site and are reportedly aiming to use the large Haymarket site for retail. EDI have a proven track record in using good architects to transform our city: who better to continue the donation theme and provide decent facilities for…an Edinburgh Architecture Centre.

Day Event images
From the Fruitmarket Gallery Day Event: some small images
created by Mick Burns of Careers Scotland
supported by www.edinburgharchitecture.co.uk

RIAS Annual Lecture
The RIAS is planning to launch the inaugural RIAS Annual Lecture during Scotbuild on 6 Nov. The RIAS Annual Lecture will be supported by Scotbuild.

Witchery Review
Secret Garden Restaurant Review added at Edinburgh Restaurantspage

Second Best?
The RFACS criticised the plan and the height of some buildings on the edge of the Granton Harbour masterplan development.

Green shoots
Trevor Davies is Labour councillor for Broughton sets up an urban design working group in the council to look at densities and standards of design, especially in housing.

Jenners turn back
Jenners‘ characterful window displays are being refurbished.

Edinburgh Park Station
Funding agreed for Edinburgh Park Station project: to start this September, in which case the station can become operational by May 2003.

Zone Architects
new architects launch with impressive New Town house: Barlas House, Hart Street. One of the most overtly modern buildings to have been given permission in recent years in Edinburgh’s fiercely conservative World Heritage Site.

Edinburgh Property Recovery
Exchange Tower, Edinburgh’s tallest office building was completed in March 2001 at a cost of £6m, but significant amounts of the space have lain empty until recently: Exchange Tower

Still in the Shrubs
Harald Tobermann re Shrub Place: It’s not cohesive with the rest of the area. They’ve not changed it, they’ve tinkered with it. ‘What they’ve done is cosmetic as they’ve not taken the height of the building down far enough. They’ve ignored offers from us to talk to help them shape their proposal into something more acceptable.

rfacs june case studies
From the street outside Surgeons’ Hall, Register House might be seen to the north. To an architectural historian, it was immediately recognisable by its proportions and detailing as having been designed by Robert Adam. Similarly, this proposal would in the future be recognised as a building by Benson and Forsyth. Central Edinburgh could accept more current examples having such character and quality”.

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