Friday 17 November 2006 12.27pm
For the sake of Friday humour, I did a translation:
ORIGINAL: Witherford Watson Mann Architects have been selected by Better Bankside
to develop a vision and framework for the Bankside Urban Park. The practice was one of eleven invited to make submissions.
TRANSLATION: We've decided to spend £15k of your money on getting someone to think about how lovely it would be to live in the country. Lots of people wanted the money, but they wanted it most.
ORIGINAL: "The expectations from the brief are complex and reflect the number of interests which are party to the study," explains Donald Hyslop, chair of Better Bankside
and Tate's head of regeneration and community partnerships.
TRANSLATION: We've no idea what we are doing yet, said Donald Hyslop head of lots of quangos.
ORIGINAL: "WWM produced a considered approach that addressed the challenges and opportunities that exist."
TRANSLATION: WWM were more desparate for the work and did more than the other people to get it.
ORIGINAL: The plan is to create an urban park extending from Tate Modern
southwards towards the Elephant and Castle between Blackfriars Road
and Borough High Street
TRANSLATION: We'd love to lay some grass on the south side of the Tate, you know, the side facing E&C. It's a shame all the buildings are in the way, otherwise we could lay grass for miles.
ORIGINAL: The urban park will connect newly landscaped areas around Tate Modern
to open spaces across Southwark...
TRANSLATION: We are going to get our colouring pens out, shade anything resembling trees, gardens and parks green, and then join the dots to make it look like a strategy...
ORIGINAL: ...involving the improvement of the urban realm through the creation of pocket parks and other small-scale developments.
TRANSLATION: I have no idea what this means.