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Duany, the Seaside man, prepares for nine days of Inverness consultation

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The man behind Seaside - the community that featured in Hollywood blockbuster movie The Truman Show- is set to start the design process for a vast new town in Scotland.

Andres Duany is about to start the massive task of consulting 7,000 local residents on the plans.

The Florida-based traditionalist will set up an entire design studio with six colleagues in the town of Tornagrain for the 10-day consultation exercise, which he refers to as a 'charette'.

The architect, a close associate of Leon Krier, has been commissioned to design a new town of 5,000 homes, south of Inverness, which will include schools, shops, pubs and restaurants.

In a previous interview Duany promised that the project will not result in a town in the Florida vernacular - 'a Scottish Seaside'.

Indeed, he insists that there could still be space for Modernist designs in the vast development.

However, Duany - who was a founding member of the Congress for a New Urbanism - argues that his philosophy is to respond to the demands of local people.

by Ed Dorrell

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