May 22 2009
Farrell believes that the city has become sidetracked by minor issues relating to individual buildings, losing sight of a wider sense of place in the process.
The design guru was reported in the Scotsman to say: “What is the point of arguing about a change of shop front on Princes Street when a lack of bigger thinking is allowing one of the finest promenading streets in Britain to slowly become a shambles.”
Better co-ordination and input from a forum of urban designers was needed, Farrell said, to prevent urban paralysis setting in to a city cowed by its history.
Sir Terry has previously been accused of being “mute” over major developments such as Haymarket and Caltongate by the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland.
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