The V&A Comes to Dundee

Dundee is soon to be home to what may become one of the most iconic Scottish public buildings in recent times. London's Victoria & Albert Museum is to open a branch in the city and intends to create a “landmark building” to “dominate Dundee’s waterfront.” This proposal will form a key part of Dundee's waterfront regeneration, the area having been largely demolished and separated from the city in the 1960s and 70s by the construction of a road network leading to the Tay Road Bridge.

A shortlist of architects have been selected and their current designs are on display within the University of Abertay. The image at the top is the proposal put forward by New York-based REX architects, below is the design from the Japanese firm Kengo Kuma & Associates. More details and the four other designs are available on the V&A Dundee website.

Trafalgar Day

Another happy Trafalgar Day. In Edinburgh today the White Ensign, flag of the Royal Navy, was hoisted over Nelson's Monument on Calton Hill, along with the famous signal flags spelling out 'England expects every man to do his duty'. The signal colours were also raised in the city outside the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Club in Broughton.

The familiar poppy has also taken up its annual occupancy in the title bar, which has undergone something of a revamp on a trial basis. Here is a link to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal website.

Previously: Trafalgar Day 2008; the White Ensign
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