Bradford plans shown in Big Apple

A British masterplan is to be featured at one of the world's most prestigious modern art galleries next spring. The model and plans for Bradford's city centre regeneration will be displayed at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as part of a major urban design exhibition.

Commissioned by Bradford Centre Regeneration (BCR), the urban regeneration company leading the city's transformation, the plans display a 4km2 urban park designed to open up the city centre. Many of the city's post-war architectural eyesores will be demolished to make way for the park and a lake will be created at the front of the grade I listed City Hall.

Urban designer Will Alsop's plans for Bradford have already received national and international acclaim. MoMA's decision to show the masterplan follows its appearance in London earlier this year at the Royal Academy's summer show.

"The invitation to display our masterplan at MoMA is a fantastic endorsement of our vision for the city centre as a place where people want to live, work and enjoy themselves," says BCR chairman Michael Ziff. "This plan will help us to release the city's vast potential."

- Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape is at MoMA from 22 February to 16 May 2005.

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