Just over a year after New York-based practice Diller Scofidio & Renfro (DS+R) was selected to transform the center of Aberdeen, Scotland, the city council has pronounced the scheme for the Aberdeen City Garden Project all but dead. Conservatives who had originally backed the Labour-opposed plan when the council came to a vote in August 2012 are now backing Labour’s alternative proposals, which seek to pedestrianize parts of the city center and build a new civic square, minus the entangled webs of pedestrian paths and pastoral greenery.
As Tory group leader Fraser Forsyth told a local paper, the chances of the original DS+R scheme being realized were now in the realm of “unicorns and fairies,” reports BDOnline. Though both parties seem to have abandoned the city garden plan, the alternative proposals are already prompting questions about funding.
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- Kelly Chan