Squaring the cultural circle
So ACSEF - Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future - have announced their intention to hold an international design competition for the civic square they hope to build over Union Terrace Gardens.
Not only does this presuppose that the good public of Aberdeen have given their plans the thumbs up in the ongoing consultation, but it also rather rudely fails to acknowledge the international plans already on the table for the £13m Peacock scheme, courtesy of Brisac Gonzales.
On top of that, ACSEF - who have £50m on the table from oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood - now say they want a major international gallery on the site "such as the Guggenheim".
Aside from the fact that with the V&A building an outpost, there may be a scarcity of international art development in the neighbourhood, there's also the issue of what they mean by trying to attract "a Guggenheim-type development".
Dr Stuart MacDonald, former head of Gray's School of Art, is one of the first to point out that ACSEF may be muddling the Guggenheim effect with the Bilbao effect.
"The Bilbao effect is continuing to pay dividends for that city because of the way the art centre was conceived as part of a well thought out urban regeneration strategy," he says.
"The Guggenheim effect has, by contrast, been disastrous. The overambitious plan to roll out Guggenheims across the world on the back of Bilbao fell flat on its face - a kind of architectural hyperinflation.
"Fortunately people are much more sensible now and realise that cultural centres are important, but that they need to be rooted into the creative industries community and education infrastructure, and integrated into broader regeneration strategies."
And if ACSEF is looking for an international art development - which might kick-start its own version of the Bilbao effect - it doesn't have to look much further than the Peacock plans, while perhaps extending some of their extra budget to the dilapidated areas adjoining the gardens.
Unfortunately, so far they don't seem to be looking in that direction.