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  3. Residents vote in favor of Diller, Scofidio & Renfro’s Aberdeen City Garden Redesign

Residents vote in favor of Diller, Scofidio & Renfro’s Aberdeen City Garden Redesign

Residents vote in favor of Diller, Scofidio & Renfro’s Aberdeen City Garden Redesign
View from Rosemount Viaduct - Rendering provided by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro submission boards
View from Rosemount Viaduct - Rendering provided by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro submission boards

The people of Aberdeen, Scotland have voted in favor of the £140m Aberdeen City Garden redevelopment proposal designed by the New York-based practice Diller, Scofidio & Renfro (DS+R), in collaboration with local architects Keppie Design and Philadelphia landscape architects OLIN.

DS+R plans to redevelop the nineteenth-century Union Terrace Gardens with a Granite Web that intends to “fuse nature and culture into a vital social network at the heart of the city” with an “elastic web of three-dimensional interconnections” that spans across the six-hectare site. Continue reading for more information.

The referendum revealed a competitive turn-out, as 41,175 citizens of Aberdeen voted to preserve the existing gardens and 45,301 voted to move forward with the City Garden redevelopment.

Existing Site – Images courtesy of Aberdeen City Garden Project
Existing Site – Images courtesy of Aberdeen City Garden Project

According to the BDOnline report, Charles Renfro stated: “We are thrilled that the public have come out in favour of the City Garden Project, albeit by a small majority.”

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring a new pulse to the heart of Aberdeen through year-round activities and groundbreaking design. We look forward to continuing our work with the citizens of Aberdeen as we fine tune the design and deliver a project for all Aberdeen to use and enjoy.”

The next step will require the DS+R team to create detailed plans before submitting a planning application later this year. The project is planned to be completed in 2016.

Proposed Site - Rendering provided by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro submission boards
Proposed Site - Rendering provided by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro submission boards

Read our previous coverage on the project for more information on the proposed design at Diller Scofidio + Renfro selected to transform the center of Aberdeen.

Reference: BDOnline, BBC, Diller, Scofidio & Renfro

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Residents vote in favor of Diller, Scofidio & Renfro’s Aberdeen City Garden Redesign" 02 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/213467/residents-vote-in-favor-of-diller-scofidio-renfro%25e2%2580%2599s-aberdeen-city-garden-redesign/> ISSN 0719-8884
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