Is their a student perspective on these machinations...?
Novel upwards 'value engineering' (by whom): £9m-£16.8m-£22m-next £??m, when will this thirst for over zealous public projects be quenched? This all whilst citizen projects struggle for modest funds that bring tangible benefit.
Err and how exactly is this a sustainable precept
The proposal is being developed in isolation to the existing relationship between the Gardens and Princes Street. The relationship between the streetscape, the Gardens and the auditorium is fundamental to the mis-en-scene, this must not be compromised and should be an integral part of the offer and not be left to event management to conjure up ad-hoc temporary solutions.
There should be no screening of the gardens or blocking of the footway at Princes Street at any time. The auditorium also should be open to view from Princes Street as has historically been the case. If it has to rely on screening to operate this should be limited to the auditorium only and must form part of the overall design conceit i.e. the use must fit the setting and any notion of visual conflict or barrier whatsoever between the Street scene and the gardens would be unacceptable.
“Consultation” is all about the questions asked...thereby is the problem and EDI has to find a better approach to engage citizens ie 680 ‘supporters’ of this scheme cannot be taken to be representative of citizen view (C/f population in 2015 of only(!) 498,800) especially when 270 were not keen so thats a net support v’s no support ‘result’ of 410 people in EDI think this is good for go...just saying...!
If that amount of people are taken to be giving the project support -regardless of its merit- the “...product of four years' of engagement with stakeholders and the people of Edinburgh” then that’s hardly something to celebrate.
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I do “Declare”, how beautifully this meets the sustainability agenda (not).