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January 10 2013

George Square battle lines drawn
A square off amongst six teams aiming to transform Glasgow’s premiere civic space is gathering a head of steam as the public debate over the merits (or lack thereof) amongst the six shortlisted schemes are aired.

Speaking on Scotland Today last night George Square goers weren’t shy from passing judgement with one branding a tartan carpet proposal as ‘cheesy’.

The ‘people driven’ approach of scheme four drew the attention of more passers-by however, who warmed to a seductive image of a wintery George Square on an iPad - whilst navigating a maze of heras fencing, temporary stands, workmen, works traffic, mobile cranes, pock marked asphalt, portacabins and giant wheelie bins.

The full report can be viewed below:


#1 Posted by David on 10 Jan 2013 at 12:41 PM
UR, Can you explain why you have a 3D of George Square with the Rangers and Celtic colours and badges on it? What on earth do you think football has to do with this?
#2 Posted by UR on 10 Jan 2013 at 13:28 PM
Hi David - The image is a tongue in cheek allusion to competitive rivalry.
Rem Koolbag
#3 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 10 Jan 2013 at 13:31 PM
UR - it's crap, and does no favours to the website or the magazine. It is an ignorant and blunt divisive bit of graffiti.
#4 Posted by NC on 10 Jan 2013 at 14:02 PM
@UR, you have the teams the wrong way around - should be Celtic to the east and Rangers to the west.
#5 Posted by David on 10 Jan 2013 at 14:23 PM
I wouldn't call it tongue in cheek, I'd call it pathetic, immature, and careless. Even without the Rangers badge having a question mark against it, it paints UR in a bad light.
#6 Posted by voice-of-reason on 10 Jan 2013 at 15:09 PM
Well it made me chuckle - especially the responses above
#7 Posted by jack on 10 Jan 2013 at 15:37 PM
A bit unnecessary for 'the voice of architecture in Scotland' to introduce this sort of image. Productive day in the office?
Art Vandelay
#8 Posted by Art Vandelay on 10 Jan 2013 at 16:14 PM
Likewise - is this site turning into a spin-off of the Daily Mail's comment pages?
Art Vandelay
#9 Posted by Art Vandelay on 10 Jan 2013 at 16:15 PM
I'd actually say it's no more divisive than some of the shocking entries served up for the competition.

Some folk need to climb down from their high horses methinks!
is this is it?
#10 Posted by is this is it? on 10 Jan 2013 at 20:32 PM
Whats more to the point is how this scheme is going to get decided - democratically and informed / influenced by whom? people or cars? Does not seem like there is much time for a wide debate on this before the ever quickly looming deadline for the 'winning project' to be announced.... Surely a bit longer than a couple of weeks to decide would be good! The judging panel is equally prestigious as the design teams... is the decision going to reflect what the city wants?
#11 Posted by Neil on 11 Jan 2013 at 09:04 AM
#10: Who said anything about this being a democratic decision? The exhibition and feedback is presumably an attempt to contrive a false sense of community engagement. This is Scotland, not Switzerland.
#12 Posted by David on 11 Jan 2013 at 11:29 AM
The more I think about the process, the more it enrages me. The original GS design, although deterioted over the years (most notably in the recent past) has stood for over 100 years, and would still be an entirely valid scheme to full reinstate.

These 6 designs, in my opinion have nothing of this quality, and seem to be designer whim at best, more likely laziness and unresolved / unclear.
#13 Posted by CADMonkey on 14 Jan 2013 at 14:53 PM
Are any of these designers getting paid to enter?
I don't think they are, so no wonder the designs seem rather whimsical and unresolved. It's not their fault. It's the procurement process. Personally so far I'd go for the football option. I'd add in some posts though.
#14 Posted by Really?! on 15 Jan 2013 at 13:28 PM
As if the competition doesn't have enough issues to content with, Scotland's premier architectural news web site is now using it as a vehicle to have a cheap dig at a football club...

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