The market isn't being lost to commercial development, rather Adjaye's design was a spectacular failure in design which didn't respond to trader's needs and essentially killed the busting spirit of the former market hall. The fact that Wakefield is actively looking to relocate the market illustrates just how integral the market is to the heritage and spirit of the city. I'm saddened that the market will be redeveloped into a cinema complex but maybe Adjaye should just admit that his design was inappropriate and based on personal ego rather than context and site responsive design. It's devastating that this was allowed to happen in the first place and what an enormous waste of money, Adjaye should be apologising for letting so many people down.
Firstly, thanks to Keiran Gaffney and AJ for raising this issue and for the great work carried out by the Women in Architecture team. There are a raft of problems that exist within our profession and wider construction industry. However, the issue of gender, opportunity and representation is one that we must not ignore or, more shockingly, deny. The issues are deep-rooted and complex. There has never been a better time to address this issue here in Scotland. This begins by confronting apathy and resistance through positive action - as a matter of urgency. There are already some initiatives developing (formation of alternative speaker lists, planned group meetings etc). We will all prosper from quality workplaces, holistic built environments and colourful public forums. Firstly, these must be multi-faceted and dynamic. Created by, and for the benefit of, both men and women.