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Architect quits in Carbuncle row

Glasgow Harbour
The Glasgow Harbour development was criticised

Leading architect Alan Dunlop has resigned from the editorial board of Prospect magazine in a row over the judging of its annual Carbuncle Awards.

Mr Dunlop, of gm+ad architects, was angered after Glasgow Harbour was nominated in the worst planning decision category.

He said he was concerned about the impartiality of the competition.

Glasgow Harbour was described as "one of the best examples of atrocious late 20th Century developer-led nonsense".

The awards are voted for by members of the public.

He said he was surprised to find Glasgow Harbour nominated in the category, despite receiving no previous nominations.

Mr Dunlop, whose company is involved in the second phase of the development, says its inclusion is unfair and biased.

We strongly defend our right to report criticisms of major schemes and will not bow to this sort of pressure
Gordon Young
Prospect editor

"The other architect practices involved are direct competitors of ours in practice, so it is hardly a fair process and calls into question the whole impartiality of the Carbuncle Awards," he said.

"We are about to enter the worst recession on record and are trying to keep all our office intact, our clients confident and our people working, so this is very worrying for us and unfair.

"According to Prospect the point of the Carbuncles is to examine where planners, policy makers and architects have failed, so similar mistakes can be prevented in the future.

"I now think that there is clearly another, disturbing agenda.

"As a consequence I have resigned from the Prospect editorial board."

Prospect editor Gordon Young admits in the online publication Architecture Scotland that the judge's summation was removed after a complaint from Mr Dunlop but he said the development would remain in the running for the awards.

"We strongly defend our right to report criticisms of major schemes and will not bow to this sort of pressure," he said.

The winners of this year's Carbuncle awards will be announced on Thursday.

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