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Reiulf Ramstad + Dualchas Unveil Plans for St Kilda Center in a Remote Area in Scotland

08:00 - 28 August, 2016
Reiulf Ramstad + Dualchas Unveil Plans for St Kilda Center in a Remote Area in Scotland, © Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter / Dualchas
© Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter / Dualchas

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and Dualchas Architects have unveiled their plans for the St Kilda Visitor Center, which will be located on a cliff-top site at Geodha Sgoilt in the Uig area of the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Through the project, visitors will be able to experience the drama of St Kilda without physically visiting the famous archipelago, which lies over 50 miles to the southwest.

A triple world heritage site, St Kilda is famous not only for its sea cliffs and marine life but more for the story of how a community survived at the remote location before being evacuated in 1930.

By telling the story of this abandoned community, the current community of Uig hopes to catalyze economic development and reverse the population decline they have been suffering.

Society of Architectural Historians 70th Annual International Conference

04:30 - 26 August, 2016
Society of Architectural Historians 70th Annual International Conference

The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, from June 7–11, 2017. Meeting in Glasgow reflects the increasingly international scope of the Society and its conference, and we expect SAH members from all over the world to join us in Scotland's largest city, world renowned for its outstanding architectural heritage. This is the first time that SAH has met outside North America since 1973, when it planned a joint meeting in Cambridge with the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. Architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals and preservationists from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment.

Scotland's Top 10 Buildings of the Century Revealed

14:10 - 23 August, 2016
Scotland's Top 10 Buildings of the Century Revealed

The top 10 buildings in Scotland of the past 100 years have been named as part of the traveling Scotstyle exhibition. Voters selected the list from an exhibition of 100 Scottish buildings, currently on display at the Scottish Parliament during the Festival of Politics, and will now vote to determine which building will be bestowed the title of “Building of the Century.”

“This brilliant list testifies to the extraordinary quality of Scotland’s buildings. The fact that so many are relatively recent demonstrates that our national architecture is in very good health. We have much to celebrate,” said Neil Baxter, RIAS Secretary and co-editor of Scotstyle.

Continue reading for the complete list.

Thistle / 3DReid

15:00 - 26 July, 2016
Thistle / 3DReid, © Cadzow-Pelosi
© Cadzow-Pelosi

© Cadzow-Pelosi © Cadzow-Pelosi © Cadzow-Pelosi © Cadzow-Pelosi +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Area

    1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Weather Forms Exhibition by Stallan-Brand

14:31 - 29 June, 2016
Weather Forms Exhibition by Stallan-Brand , Sublime & Climatic Architecture _ Guggenheim Proposal _ Our weather has become so ingrained in our everyday routines that many of us forget just how profoundly this omnipotent force shapes our design culture.
Sublime & Climatic Architecture _ Guggenheim Proposal _ Our weather has become so ingrained in our everyday routines that many of us forget just how profoundly this omnipotent force shapes our design culture.

The word Scotland is derived from the ancient Greek word for shadow, or darkness and gloom ‘skótos’. Quite simply Scotland’s ancient meaning being ‘shadow land’. “Our weather shapes everything in our world; our psyche, our homes, our fashion, our architecture, our culture … weather is an omnipresent force”.

Scottish practice Stallan-Brand present art and architectural works that explore ‘how our place on earth defines us’ challenging the popular idea that ‘people make places’ by demonstrating that they in fact make us.

Announcing Architecture Fringe 2016 (Scotland)

09:30 - 16 June, 2016
Announcing Architecture Fringe 2016 (Scotland), Architecture Fringe 2016 poster
Architecture Fringe 2016 poster

In Scotland 2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design. Initiated by a group of architects, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent, contributor-led series of events and projects across the arts which will explore architecture and how it makes a difference to our lives.

Set to have its first run in July 2016, the Architecture Fringe took inspiration from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. There is no formal application process and the ArchiFringe platform is completely open for contributor-led creative responses to the built environment. Our first year will see almost thirty projects

Prospect North: Inside Scotland's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

08:00 - 7 June, 2016
Prospect North: Inside Scotland's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale , Courtesy of Dualchas Architects
Courtesy of Dualchas Architects

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

People wearing the huge sculptural head of a unicorn has become one of the most surreal images to be seen at this year’s  15th Venice Architectural Biennale.

Part of the Prospect North exhibition at the Scottish Pavilion, which is jointly produced by Lateral NorthDualchas Architects and Soluis, a design-visualization studio from Glasgow, the heads of the unicorn, moose and polar bear allows you to enter an immersive virtual reality world of the Highlands past, present and future.

Courtesy of Dualchas Architects Courtesy of Dualchas Architects Courtesy of Dualchas Architects Courtesy of Dualchas Architects +11

Konishi Gaffney Architects Unveils Their Winning Pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh

06:00 - 26 May, 2016
Konishi Gaffney Architects Unveils Their Winning Pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh, Exterior Perspective Views. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects
Exterior Perspective Views. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects

Edinburgh-based studio, Konishi Gaffney Architects, has won the competition to design a temporary pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo. The Pop-Up Cities Expo is a headline event at Scotland’s Festival of Architecture, featuring pop-up pavilions at Mound Square from cities around Europe. Konishi Gaffney will be representing Edinburgh – the host of the expo - with their winning pavilion design.

Elevations. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects
Elevations. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects

Brutalism and Culture: How St Peter's Seminary is Already Shining in its Second Life

09:30 - 8 May, 2016
Brutalism and Culture: How St Peter's Seminary is Already Shining in its Second Life, Built in 1966, St. Peter’s Seminary is hidden away in a forest 20 miles outside Glasgow. Image Courtesy of Courtesy Tom Kidd / Almay via Metropolis Magazine
Built in 1966, St. Peter’s Seminary is hidden away in a forest 20 miles outside Glasgow. Image Courtesy of Courtesy Tom Kidd / Almay via Metropolis Magazine

Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's celebrated St Peter's Seminary—once voted Scotland's best modern building—has for too long been a victim of fate, left to decay after it was abandoned just 20 years after its completion. Fortunately, plans are well underway to restore the building. This article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Ruin Revived," explains how even in its ruined state, the dramatic brutalist structure is already showing its value as a cultural destination.

Modernist architecture, it used to be said, was inadequate because the machined materials of modern buildings wouldn’t lend themselves well to picturesque ruination. What, minus the taut skins of glass and plaster, could these stark, boxlike carcasses possibly communicate to future generations?

St. Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, Scotland, is a forceful rejoinder to that jibe. Built in 1966 and abandoned 20 years later, the seminary has settled into a state of pleasing decrepitude. Glass and plaster are long gone. The concrete remains largely intact but stained, spalled, and spoiled. Entire roofs and staircases have caved in. The only fresh signs of life are the aprons of graffiti draped all over the “interiors.” Yet, the sense of the place lingers, its noble forms still remarkably assertive—jutting forth from the dense surrounding forest—and optimistic.

Call for Papers: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference

16:00 - 23 April, 2016
Call for Papers: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference

The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, June 7–11. Please submit an abstract no later than June 6, 2016, to one of the 32 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the open sessions. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; and members of SAH chapters and partner organizations.

Exhibition at 2016 Venice Biennale to Highlight Scotland’s Position as an Emerging Northern Economic Area

09:30 - 26 March, 2016
© Lateral North
© Lateral North

Scotland, a country within the United Kingdom, will be showcasing a projected entitled Prospect North at the forthcoming Venice Biennale. Curated collaboratively between the Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland, Creative Scotland,and the British Council Scotland, the installation will be designed by Lateral North, Dualchas Architects, and Soluis. As reported by the Architects' Journal, the show is set to examine "Scotland’s relationship with its northern neighbours" by focusing "on people and place, [and] looking at how communities from the Northern Isles of Orkney to the central belt of Scotland are using grassroot action."

Solen Vinklar / David Blaikie Architects

11:00 - 25 March, 2016
Solen Vinklar / David Blaikie Architects, © Paul Zanre
© Paul Zanre

© Paul Zanre © Paul Zanre © Paul Zanre © Paul Zanre +13

London Architectural Debate Society “Turncoats” Goes Global

12:00 - 12 March, 2016
London Architectural Debate Society “Turncoats” Goes Global, The Burning Envelope - The Universal Emblem of the Turncoats. Image Courtesy of Turncoats
The Burning Envelope - The Universal Emblem of the Turncoats. Image Courtesy of Turncoats

Turncoats, the irreverent architectural debate society from London, is launching an international series, starting chapters in Canada, Scotland, Serbia and the US. Originally created by Phineas Harper, Maria Smith and Robert Mull, Turncoats has “electrified London’s architectural scene” since its inception.

Combining architectural debate with unique settings, alcohol, and an absence of recordings or wireless devices, Turncoats has gathered significant attention, their signature flaming envelope emblem appearing on lapels across the city, and soon all over the world.

Lairdsland Primary School / Walters & Cohen

02:00 - 22 January, 2016
Lairdsland Primary School / Walters & Cohen, © Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert

© Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    70 Donaldson St, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire G66, United Kingdom
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Murphy House / Richard Murphy Architects

15:00 - 30 November, 2015
Murphy House / Richard Murphy Architects, © Keith Hunter
© Keith Hunter

© Keith Hunter © Keith Hunter © Keith Hunter © Keith Hunter +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    Richard Murphy, Gareth Jones, James Falconer, Tersius Maass
  • Area

    165.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Is Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage Status Under Threat?

04:00 - 11 November, 2015
Is Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage Status Under Threat?, View over Edinburgh. Image via College Tribune
View over Edinburgh. Image via College Tribune

"A spectre," writes Kevin McKenna for The Guardian, "thought happily to have been exorcised from the heart of beautiful Edinburgh, is stalking the city’s old wynds and crevices once more." To put it more bluntly, the "formal recognition of [the Scottish capital] as one of the world’s most beautiful cities is under threat, amid a battle for the soul of its most historic quarter." As the UNESCO inspectorate moves in to determine whether the city's World Heritage Status should be renewed McKenna laments, through a series of case studies, the potentially bleak built future of one of Britain's most loved urban centres.

RIBA Future Trends Survey Records Optimistic Prospects

04:00 - 10 November, 2015
RIBA Future Trends Survey Records Optimistic Prospects, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for September 2015 shows a level of consistency with the workload index remaining unchanged at a balance figure of +21. All nations and regions within the United Kingdom returned positive balance figures, with practices in Scotland responding most confidently about workloads in the next quarter. The report states that practices remain firmly positive about overall workload prospects in the medium term, though with "an apparent leveling-off in the rate of growth."

Sutherland Hussey Architects' Wins Award for Best Building in Scotland

06:00 - 6 November, 2015
Sutherland Hussey Architects' Wins Award for Best Building in Scotland, West Burn Lane, St Andrews / Sutherland Hussey Architects. Image © SHA
West Burn Lane, St Andrews / Sutherland Hussey Architects. Image © SHA

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has deemed Sutherland Hussey Architects' latest housing scheme the "Best Building" in Scotland by awarding it the 2015 Doolan prize. The "West Burn Lane" project was said to be the "clear winner" of the £25,000 award, as AJ reports, selected from a shortlist of 12 Scottish buildings.

The brick courtyard housing project was lauded by the jury for being "expertly woven" into the context of St. Andrews - one of Scotland's most historic areas.