Inquiries are being raised about a deal to have the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) curate the public spaces of the $ 1 billion Macquarie Point redevelopment in Hobart.
The Macquarie Point Improvement Corporation will soon contract the museum’s curators to oversee the style of two main public spaces – Goods Shed Plaza and Goods Shed Park.
But Tasmanian developer Brendon Bourke mentioned the deal lacked transparency.
“There seems to be a lack of transparency in these sort of projects in Tasmania that are Government run,” he mentioned.
“MONA may possibly nicely be the greatest, but how would we know? I don’t know what the criteria was: how they had been chosen? By whom they have been chosen?
“That appears to be an problem for a lot of Tasmanian architects, designers and constructors.”
The proposed deal followed the good results of Dark Mofo, which converted the disused rail yards into Dark Park, attracting 76,000 people.
Hobart architect Tim Penny mentioned involving the arts neighborhood produced sense.
“It’s a good idea [but] I’m not entirely positive it really is going to value the development,” he said.
The corporation’s Elizabeth Jack disagreed, arguing MONA’s contribution would invigorate the space.
“It adds [value] for the developers but it also adds value for people that will be living and functioning here very first,” she stated.
Each the corporation and MONA mentioned there would be an opportunity for architects to be involved.
MONA stated there would be public consultation during the next six to 12 months as it worked on a idea for the public space.
Site’s master plan is confused, critics say
Mr Penny questioned whether there would be any developer interest in the wider internet site, saying the master strategy, which was released in June, is aspirational but confused.
“I suspect if they released the packages now, it would just fizzle,” he mentioned.
Mr Bourke agreed that the master plan was confused.
“I nevertheless have no great idea of what they’re aiming for, what they’re large picture is, what their philosophy is,” he said.
But Ms Jack stated there had been strong interest from developers and an expressions of interest process will open in mid-December.
The value of the contract with MONA will be created public when it is finalised in coming days.
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