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Loch Lomond development plan draws record number of objections

Plus: Notre-Dame found to be structurally unstable | Germany to return 15th-century cross to Namibia | and Serpentine announces inaugural augmented architecture commission

21 May 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world 

Loch Lomond development plan draws record number of objections | More than 55,000 signatures have been added to an online petition opposing plans for a tourist development on the southern shores of Loch Lomond; according to the Herald, this is a record for a Scottish planning objection. The proposal for the £30m ‘Lomond Banks’ resort, which would feature 60 serviced apartments and a waterpark among other amenities, was submitted by Scottish Enterprise and theme-park operator Flamingo Land last month. Critics have objected to the potential impact on views across the loch, while supporters of the project have pointed to a need for investment in the region. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority have not yet set a date for determining the outcome of the application.

Notre-Dame found to be structurally unstable | An initial damage assessment at Notre-Dame cathedral, which was devastated by fire on 15 April, has determined that the building is in urgent need of temporary supports. After modelling the engineering of the cathedral, mechanical engineer Paolo Vannucci has suggested that its walls are at risk of collapse in high winds.

Germany to return 15th-century cross to Namibia | The German culture minister Monica Grütters announced in Berlin last Friday (17 May) that a 15th-century Namibian artefact known as the Stone Cross, which was taken to Germany in 1893, is to be repatriated. Grütters, who will travel to Namibia in August to hand over the object, said that the decision was ‘a clear signal that we are committed to reappraising the colonial past’.

Serpentine announces inaugural ‘augmented architecture’ commission | The Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen has been awarded the inaugural ‘augmented architecture’ commission at the Serpentine gallery, organised in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture. Steensen will design an augmented-reality project that explores the ecology of London parks.

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