Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The architecture of Scotland's National Parks

Historic Scotland has produced two richly illustrated online booklets (http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/heritage/historicandlistedbuildings/loch-lomond-and-cairngorms-national-parks.htm) celebrating the architectural heritage of Scotland's National Parks, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and the Cairngorms. Each focuses on a wide variety of structures grouped by theme, and including vernacular buildings, major structures such as castles, and infrastructure projects to support roads, railways and power generation. Both boklets can be freely downloaded as pdfs.

Thursday, September 20, 2012


ICAM is the International Confederation of Architectural Museums, and is dedicated to fostering links between all those interested in promoting the better understanding of architecture. ICAM's website at http://www.icam-web.org/ has some interesting content, most notably the full text of its 'icamprint' journal; details of its regular conferences; and listings of architecture museums worldwide.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Churches in the modern world

A current exhibition (http://www.thelighthouse.co.uk//visit/exhibition/churches-in-the-modern-world1) at the Lighthouse in Glasgow presents case study buildings which illustrate how some post-war church architects and their clients in the UK moved away from tradition and conservatism to modernity. It explores the wider context of religious, social and urban change, and is one of the outcomes of an Arts and Humanities Research Council supported project led by Dr Robert Proctor of the Mackintosh School of Architecture. On 26 September at 6pm there will be a seminar at the Lighthouse with three speakers, including Bob Proctor, Dominic Wilson talking about F X Velarde, and Diane Watters on Scottish church architecture.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Glasgow's George Square to get makeover

A design competition is to be held later this year for Glasgow's George Square, which will receive a £15m revamp to create a new day and night public space that supports creativity. The BBC's story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-19585290 provides an interesting reminder that the Square began life as a garden with trees, lawns and fences. Take a look at the books on public space in GSA Library at shelfmark 711.55 if you fancy entering the competition and are looking for ideas!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Glasgow Doors Open Day 2012

Doors Open, Glasgow's annual festival to celebrate its built heritage, takes place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday 15 & 16 September. More than 100 buildings, 41 walks, plus tours and talks are freely available, and the festival represents a marvellous opportunity for new students to explore the city and begin to familiarise themselves with it. More information is available on the Glasgow Building Preservation Society's website at http://www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Oral histories of theatre design

The British Library's massive oral history website, 'Sounds', includes some interesting recordings of architects and others involved in theatre design discussing their experiences and work. Architects featured include Peter Moro, Denys Lasdun, Jane Drew, and Paul Rudolph. To locate these recordings, go to the British Library Sounds website at http://sounds.bl.uk/Search then type 'Theatre Design' in the search box, and use the drop-down category 'Arts, Literature and Performance'.