Six architecture firms have been shortlisted in the design competition to redevelop Glasgow's iconic George Square. The £15m project attracted 35 international submissions from far flung places including Australia and Sweden. The winner will be commissioned with the crucial task of redesigning Glasgow's most famed urban space. Given the scale of the proposed transformation, all statues and monuments with the exception of the Cenotaph could be removed, at least on a temporary basis. It is anticipated that the project will be carried out in two stages with the first stage being completed before the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Details of the finalists can be found at the link below. All six designs are expected to be displayed in the Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, in early January.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The influence of the post-war, modernist period on the area is well-documented in turgid textbooks. This site provides a fun and current perspective aimed at engaging the public in a discussion about the 20th century backdrop they inhabit. Have a nosy at their mission statement and check out the pictures of local architecture shown on the group's Flickr page.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
In addition, undergraduate dissertations can now be requested at the Library Desk for 2012's cohert of graduates. A full history of all student dissertations can be found on the GSA Library website: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/pdfs/DissertationsinGSALibrary2012.pdf
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Monday, November 19, 2012
This 7 metre high structure situated west of Stirling was commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage with the aim of providing a viewpoint over Britain's largest peat bog. Made of green oak, the tower has been constructed using 8 metre-high posts which sit on a steel platform. Interestingly, the steel piling used sinks below the surface through 10 metres of peat bog to reach clay, meaning a great deal of the engineering of the simple construction is obscured from view. Designed by Robin Baker Architects at a cost of £110k, this is a unique feature rising out of the Stirlingshire landscape, which manages to complement its historic and extraordinary setting.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Exclusive to GSA staff and students are the drawing plans for the School's campus which can be found on the VLE. A commonly sought, but little known resource, the plans show the floor layout of the existing campus buildings. To access, log into Blackboard, and select the 'Course Catalogue' tab. From here, select the 'Support Services' folder and click on the link to GSA Estates. The 'Building Drawings' button contains detailed plans for the Mackintosh, and all subsequent buildings constructed on the Garnethill campus. Drawings of the Foulis Building and Newbery Tower are there to be analysed which may make for interesting comparison against the new Steven Holl building. Plans for the new build are not yet on the VLE. We'll blog about it if they become available! https://vle.gsa.ac.uk/
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Friday, November 09, 2012
In keeping with this theme of heritage, Owen Hatherley's talk will explore the impact of major events on buildings and cities using Glasgow, Manchester and London as examples to engender debate around the broader architecture themes of urban regeneration, displacement and identity.
To book your place at the event, you can contact Panel on 0141 559 4980 or at email@example.com
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
In a project Kevin McCloud would have been happy to get his hands on, Kew House is a modern infill house in London which landowners Jo and Tim Lucas have been working to develop since September 2010. The construction of the self-building project which is now in its final stages can be followed online using the detailed timeline. A fantastic amount of description and photographs are given at all stages from locating the land in Kew, to the appointment of Piercy&Co as the project's architects, through to the pre-application process, planning, design and construction of the house. The highs and lows of the project are documented in a casual and personal tone which manages to belie the impressive size and ambition of this inspirational under-taking. http://kewhouse.info/
Thursday, November 01, 2012
An illustrated archive of improvised, un-built buildings and sculptures is available to flip through online. 'Drawing Building' is a collaboration between artists Matt Bua and Maximilian Goldfarb who opened the project up to a wide variety of professionals including artists, architects and designers. The suggested categories to entice participants include such titles as 'Microcommunity' 'Misuse' and 'Technosustainable' and the submissions received veer from the eccentric to impossible, whilst always demonstrating great conceptual innovation and a fantastical vision of the future. Drawings are added to the archive as they are received by Bua, an installation artist and Goldfarb who works across artistic mediums. Non-conformist and non-conventional, the contributions here are intended to raise the profile of alternative ways of thinking about the design of the built environment. http://www.drawingbuilding.org/index.html
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