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Edinburgh News May 6 – 12 2002

Dresden – Edinburgh: Tails of Two Cities – Architecture Tales

Edinburgh Building News in May 2002

Dresden-Edinburgh: Tails of Two Cities
Dresden Architecture
After being Vienna Arkitektur Museum Link of the Week last month, and added to major Dutch and Danish architecture sites, more Global interconnectivity with similar-sized cities – Edinburgh and Dresden – combining to look at built environment issues: see www.dresden-architektur.de/links AND Aktuelles at www.architekten-dresden.de. Dresden Architektur and Edinburgh Contemporary Architecture will begin with a look at external text/icons/signs: signage, banners, flags, notices, adverts.
Return contact has also been established with Arni Winther in the Faeroe Islands.

Story on page 2 of Building Design to renew RFACS as a CABE-style organisation – as proposed by this site recently following CABE’s visit to N.Ireland. Is it not time we had some high-profile body in Scotland with the clout of CABE?

The Walk
Harvey Nichols & others – by Comprehensive Design Architects:
Multrees Walk

If you haven’t already put pen to paper re the Draft Structure Plan the deadline passed on 29 Mar
To comment on East Lothian Council’s Development Options Paper the deadline was 30 Apr
Was extended until 10 MAY:

Science Centre
Reiach and Hall’s Edinburgh Science Centre on Market St
Minor amendments to form, cladding and fenestration

Also by Reiach and Hall Architects
New Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary
PFI hospital – a challenge for designers keeping their nerve – by the Edinburgh architects
Images by Gavin Fraser
Stills Gallery whose cafe space is being revised as part of a refurbishment
Stills photos all by the German architectural photographer Steffen Schefer

KontroversY Events ADded
The MURKY(Methodologies and URban ‘K’ontroversY) Edinburgh University Lectures

Edinburgh Project News Summary
BAE, Crewe Toll: this early modern building that the Cockburn Association asked to be saved is already demolished apart from the tower by the roundabout
GPO, North Bridge/Princes St: on site now, Hugh Martin Partnership, crane on roof to East, minor scaffolding only to South facade, should be completed by 2004
C&A, Princes St: received Planning permission, 3D Architects, with the Scottish minsters and will take two months.
Leith St Bridge: received Planning Permission, Broadway Malyan Architects
17 Great King St: proposed development to form a new mews house with garage, Lorn Macneal Chartered Architects, Delegated Decision refused, 11 Apr
Circus Lane Mews House: Appeal notified to Planning Permission Refusal, Richard Murphy Architects, 3 Apr
CEC Working Group: City of Edinburgh Council are running an urban design working group to examine how levels of architecture can be improved. They have invited David Page and Allan Murray to be involved
Surgeons’ Hall: Benson and Forsyth Architects have a Planning application in for an extension to Surgeons’ Hall, Nicolson Street, opposite Edinburgh Festival Theatre (model viewed by Cockburn Cases Committee Apr02)
Guggenheim, Leith Docks: Frank Gehry has visited Leith re Forth Ports proposal to bring a Guggenheim Museum to Leith reported in Jan
Waverley Station: no news but many rumours of activity, BDP Masterplan
Former Royal Infirmary: again no recent PR from developer Southside Capital, Foster & Partners masterplan,
Page & Park Architects; Richard Murphy Architects
RBS Gogarbank: in for Planning, again no more news, Michael Laird Architects
Earthworks: completed (see images below), Charles Jencks, with Terry Farrell & Ptnrs, SNGMA front lawn
Tron Square Nursery: on site and due for completion this Summer, Allan Murray Architects
Jeffrey St: no more progress reported, Allan Murray Architects
omniedinburgh: facades almost complete, Parr Partnership; Allan Murray Architects
Calton Square: (see below) facade protection begins to be taken off, reaching Leith St Jun/Jul, Allan Murray Architects

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