dunno. what i do know though, is that at least one of the finalists for the mall competition was relieved his practice didn't win in the end.
Halfway through they realised what a nigtmare the job was going to be.
What i don't get about Edinburgh is the fright concerning 'the new' and I'm worried that the successssss of Malcom-fraser-alikes will dominate the new presciption: modern but sensitive, conteporary but respectful: boring but boring (most of the time). Edinburgh needs the opposite of that. And it needs people in charge who can reinterpret the past in imahginative ways. Look at the castle: to me, that is hi-tech, not heritage. But then that's why I'd probably never get near the job.
look at Graz, Austria - another historically important, jewel-like city, but also home to three of the most radical, odd architectural statements in the world.
The steel basket that sits in the river (perhaps the first true structure which is born of bendy computer generated form-making), archigram's friendly alien (zoomorphic ultra-statement) and a shadow structure, made entirely from black steel that sits just inches behind the town's most famous landmark - a clocktower that overlooks the city.
We also forget in Britain that much of the traditional architecture within our towns and cities were actually radical, strange and daring when they were built.
See, I'm from Helensburgh and nothing ever happens there cos of the NIMBY nobs who despise........ everything new. What they don't get is that Greek T and Charles Mack, both of who have buildings in the town, were cutting edge nutters when they were cutting a dash all those years ago.
So, Design Tsar - only if he's got balls.
Perhaps Zaha Hadid would've been a better choice.