So Els - we have 4 sites now for this connection.
We can also add Edinburgh
as the Scottish Parliament building is within the inscribed area and was also constructed AFTER Edinburgh's 1995 inscription (Built 1999-2004 at great expense -£414 million against initial estimates of £10-40 million! ). As for its merits - well it is all a matter of judgement really .....! Graz (see below) received a "yellow card" warning for building the Kunsthaus without notifying UNESCO but I can find no evidence that Edinburgh notified its intentions re the Parliament building - Does Nem have any knowledge on the matter? The issue has in any case been overtaken by more pressing new developments!Re the Kunsthaus and Murinsel
Despite the fact that NO map of the inscribed areas of Graz is included in the documentation (they are in an annex - not provided!) there is no doubt that the Kunsthaus and Mursinsel ARE both within the core inscribed area of Graz. Seehttp://whc.unesco.org/archive/2005/mis931-2005.pdf"Graz was named the "European Cultural Capital" in 2003. The construction of the "Kunsthaus" (Art Exhibition Hall) was one of the projects within the framework of this event. The new construction is situated on the opposite side of the river Mur from the Historic Centre, but still within the core zone of the World Heritage Site"
Graz received a "warning" however for building the Kunsthaus without "permission". "The City of Graz is accepting that it was an error not to have contacted UNESCO and ICOMOS in advance concerning construction and other projects that affected the Historic Centre, such as the Kunsthaus,....."
UNESCO, in its "wisdom", decided that the structures were acceptable however, although the reasons given for the Kunsthaus rest more on the fact that the Austrian Government OKed it rather than that it is a fine building very suitable per se for the area! Also a matter of accepting a fait accompli I guess and at least winning the "future promise"!"Graz has a long tradition of including modern architecture of high quality within the historic parts of the city. Following this tradition, the Bundesdenkmalamt (Federal Office of Historic Monuments), which is responsible for changes to the "Eisernes Haus," gave its permission for the consutruction of the "Kunsthaus" by decree of 10.8.2001. The "Mur-Insel" is another new construction in the middle of the Murau River. Despite its 21st century shape, it does not harm the historic complex as a contemporary addition."