Friday 6 February 2004 6.49pm
Who is responsible for the current consultation
mentioned in the news section?- I wasn't able to get along this week, and I can't find any mention on the Southwark website.
I've just found out that the landscaping outside the Tate
has (IMO justifiably) been included in the "Hall of Shame" on the website of the prestigious American non-profit group "Project for Public Spaces".
"... this is one of the most aggravating public spaces we have ever been in. You feel so manipulated by a series of birch allees that lead to nowhere. It seems like you might be entering a giant maze... but no, it was just a line drawn on a paper and then put onto a plan and built. Clearly no more thought was given to this space than this minimal, simplistic idea. (If it represents some metaphor, then this space is even worse in our minds.)"
"The fact that people might use it could not have been remotely considered. It truly has the worst and most poorly located benches ever produced by man. In fact on a Friday night, June 6, 2003 at 10 PM, the only creature using the space was a giant rat at least 14 inches long including the tail. It was not a work of art. Maybe that is why we didn't even see any homeless people. "
Are the same design team being employed for the new project? [In the interest of Balance
here is a link
to an explanation of the planting by Kienast Vogt, the designers.
The overall PPS commentary on London (with some dodgily captioned digital photos of the South Bank - I'll e-mail my contact) is here
South Bank Centre, City Hall
Plaza and the Shell Centre
are all in the "Hall of Shame" category. Borough Market
and the Hungerford and Millennium Footbridges are included as "Great Public Spaces".
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