Cumbernauld - the vision

Good and bad news for Cumbernauld this week. The bad first - it's up for its third Carbuncle. These are the raspberries given out by Architecture Scotland for the worst buildings, with a special "Plook on a Plinth" category for worst town. The idea is to "provoke debate about the poor quality of development in many of Scotland’s towns and cities" but it still seems a bit mean.

On the other hand this view of Cumbernauld how it was meant to be is one of the top 10 Treasured Places in Scotland. This competition run by the RCAHMS (Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland) asked people to nominate their favourite picture from the RCAHMS archives. The 100 nominees are an interesting cross-section of the ordinary and extraordinary: The Dollan Baths in East Kilbride, The Italian Chapel in Orkney, Edinburgh prefabs and the Aluminium works in Kinlochleven all got a mention. I spent a while trawling through the site, reading why people love certain places. There are some great buildings in the top 10 - voting is open until 10 December.

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