Architectural Visualisation: A Conflict with Reality?

Foster & Partner’s Quartermile Development in Edinburgh is a prime example of a modern redevelopment project, with aspirations to elevate and repopulate an underused area of the city centre. Yet it also reflects a worrying trend in modern architectural design; the conflict between visual representations of architectural ideas and the built reality. Why do architects choose to lie to themselves?

Preview: Edinburgh’s Elephant in the Room

For six months every year, the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle is occupied by a steel and scaffolding behemoth, balancing precariously atop Castle Rock to host the Military Tattoo. Surely there is a more sensitive and sympathetic way to accommodate this traditional ceremony into the architectural fabric of the city? Is it telling of a wider loss of direction in attitudes to sustainability and preservation?