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Modernists back Adam's Classical Edinburgh plan

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Edinburgh's Modernist community surprised observers this week by rallying behind Classicist Robert Adam's masterplan for Edinburgh Forthside.

Edinburgh School of Architecture's Professor Brian Edwards and stalwart Modernist Richard Murphy have expressed support for Adam's proposals for Western Harbour and Granton Harbour, announced last week by Edinburgh City Council.

'I've read through the masterplanning document and thought it was very interesting, ' said Murphy, who made his name challenging conservative Edinburgh architecture.

'We've had a bewildering number of architects looking at that part of the city. Everyone has come and gone but not much has happened. But Adam's proposals will work. His masterplan was full of a lot of sensible ideas, ' he continued.

At the heart of Adam's proposals is a large landscaped park similar in size to Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens, situated at the centre of Western Harbour. Surrounding it will be a new streetscape of curved close-knit streets, inspired by the historic character of Leith.

The prominent Neo-Classicist proposes to see vast areas of underused, reclaimed and brownfield land regenerated to sustain communities of 13,000 people by the two harbours.

Edinburgh professor Brian Edwards also weighed in. 'A Neo-Classical city would certainly suit Edinburgh, ' he said.

'Edinburgh has always been based on Neo-Classical principles. This would suit a Robert Adam approach today.'

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