Friday, August 28, 2009

The Lighthouse - renewed?

The Lighthouse, Scotland's Glasgow-based Centre for Architecture and Design, has this week gone into administration, although it remains open as usual. A blog (no official connection to the Lighthouse) entitled 'The Lighthouse - renewed' has been set up, and is inviting constructive suggestions for its future.
Access: Free

Friday, August 21, 2009

Glasgow Doors Open Day 2009

This year's Doors Open 'Day', organised by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, has become a five-day festival from 16-20 September celebrating the city's buildings, streets, parks and people. The festival's website is now up and running, and includes thematic listings of all the buildings, events and walks that make up the event. This year, more than 135 buildings are being freely opened up to visitors.
Access: Free, but advance booking required for some events and venues

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Matt Frei on Berlin

Matt Frei, the former Southern Europe correspondent for the BBC, has penned an interesting article on Berlin's past and present architecture in his online 'Washington Diary'. In it, he reflects on the architectural legacy of the Nazis, the impact of Cold War competition on the built form of the city, and its post-Unification rebirth. Frei also mentions that he has been filming a documentary series on Berlin, which will be worth looking out for.
Access: Free

Monday, August 17, 2009

Progress on Glasgow's Riverside Museum

I popped down to Glasgow's Kelvinside yesterday evening to take a look at progress on the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum, which is due to open in 2011 and will display the city's Transport and Technology collections. The photographs below, taken in rather poor light, show that the striking structure with its pleated and curved aluminium sheeted roof, is steadily taking shape: