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Carbuncle? We love it! DESIGNERS RATE CUMBERNAULD.

Byline: BY MAGGIE BARRY

THE ugliest town in Scotland yesterday won a rave review by experts from one of the world's top architectural schools.

Staff and students from Berlin's Bauhaus hailed Cumbernauld as one of Europe's most significant urban planning experiments.

The group said the new town - described by one guide book as the "Kabul of the North" - was "very important and interesting" in terms of urban development. The visit, from the Bauhaus School of Architecture and Design, is a much-needed boost for the North Lanarkshire town and its 1960s concrete "megastructure".

It topped a Channel 4 poll in 2005 for the structure most people would like to see being demolished.

But this did not stop the experts from using it for their Cities of Tomorrow research project into Modernist architecture, alongside Singapore's Queenstown scheme.

Wilfried Hackenbroich, who led the German delegation, insisted: "Cumbernauld is probably the best example of a new town in Europe.

"It is the original in many ways. We were impressed by much of what we saw.

The residential areas and the town centre."

Resident Claire Scrim, 21, defended the town. She said: "We are proud to call Cumbernauld home. I think these architects are right to say it's a good place."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jan 26, 2009
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