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Glasgow School of Art to Be Rebuilt, According to School's Director

15:50 - 10 July, 2018
Glasgow School of Art to Be Rebuilt, According to School's Director, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/paisleyorguk/28218682697'>Flickr user paisleyorguk</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user paisleyorguk licensed under CC BY 2.0

In his first public statement since the June 16th fire, Glasgow School of Art director Tom Inns said today that the Mackintosh Building would be rebuilt. This commitment, while putting an end to weeks of speculation, is still no guarantee of the famed structure’s future.

As Inns explained to The Guardian, “The building is insured and we’re confident that we can rebuild the building based on that.” The renovations that were begun after the first fire that hit the building in 2014 and damaged around a third of the interior, were made possible by large-scale fundraising efforts from both the public and government bodies. However, it is unclear whether similar efforts will be necessary for future rebuilding efforts, with Inns maintaining that “at the moment, we’re not requesting support from either government [Scottish or UK].”

Glasgow School of Art Building to be Dismantled Following Fire

14:00 - 28 June, 2018
Glasgow School of Art Building to be Dismantled Following Fire,  © Flickr user Paisley Scotland. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
© Flickr user Paisley Scotland. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

It has been confirmed that parts of the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building are to be dismantled. A statement by Glasgow City Council, reported by the BBC, revealed that substantial movement in the building’s walls had been detected from surveys following the June 15th fire, indicating the sudden partial collapse of the structure was likely.

Work on the dismantling is to begin “as a matter of urgency” focusing on the south façade, which was the most seriously damaged during the fire; the second blaze to devastate the building in four years.

The Glasgow School of Art Fire: What Happened, and What Happens Next?

14:30 - 25 June, 2018
The Glasgow School of Art Fire: What Happened, and What Happens Next?,  © Flickr user Paisley Scotland. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
© Flickr user Paisley Scotland. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Ten days after fire engulfed Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art for the second time in four years, there is still much to learn about how the fire started, how it could have been prevented, and what should now happen to the ruined masterpiece.

While a full investigation into the cause of the fire will likely take some time, the first reports are emerging of fire safety measures being only weeks away from installation before the tragedy struck. Meanwhile, we read new details on an almost-daily basis about the current state of the building, as architects and public figures share their views and opinions on the future of one of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings.

To keep you up to date on the situation, we have compiled the latest information arranged in three stages: the condition of the building before the latest fire, the current status of the building, and some views on the building’s fate.

via Architects Journal © Page/Park via Architects Journal Courtesy of McAteer Photographs + 10

Rockvilla – National Theatre of Scotland HQ / Hoskins Architects

02:00 - 23 July, 2017
Rockvilla – National Theatre of Scotland HQ / Hoskins Architects, © Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography
© Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography

© Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography © Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography © Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography © Gillian Hayes - Dapple Photography + 20

The Democratic Monument: Adam Nathaniel Furman's Manifesto for a New Type of Civic Center

04:00 - 3 July, 2017
The Democratic Monument: Adam Nathaniel Furman's Manifesto for a New Type of Civic Center, © Adam Nathaniel Furman
© Adam Nathaniel Furman

Civic buildings are, as a rule, both austere and intimidating. They are often designed to represent authority above all, taking cues from Classical architectural language to construct an image of power, dominance, and civic unity. Adam Nathaniel Furman, a London-based architect and thinker, has at once eschewed and reengaged this typology in order to propose an entirely new type of civic center ("Town Hall") for British cities. The proposal, which was commissioned by the 2017 Scottish Architectural Fringe as part of a New Typologies exhibition in which architects are imagining "how our shared civic infrastructure will exist in the future, if at all", is currently on display in Glasgow.

By "re-grouping various civic functions into one visually symbolic composition of architectural forms," references and types of ornament and allusions have been configured "depending on the metropolitan area within which it is situated in and embodies." In short, Furman states, the Democratic Monument "is an expression of urban pride, chromatic joy, and architectural complexity" which has universal symbolism but remains a beacon to its vicinity.

© Adam Nathaniel Furman © Adam Nathaniel Furman © Adam Nathaniel Furman © Adam Nathaniel Furman + 20

MVRDV + Austin-Smith:Lord Selected to Reinvigorate Downtown Glasgow

12:15 - 20 February, 2017
MVRDV + Austin-Smith:Lord Selected to Reinvigorate Downtown Glasgow, (Y)our City Center Map. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
(Y)our City Center Map. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

The Glasgow City Council has selected a multidisciplinary team lead by MVRDV and Glasgow-based Austin-Smith:Lord to transform downtown Glasgow into a “more livable, attractive, competitive and sustainable center.” Titled (Y)our City Center, the strategy calls for a regeneration of the 400 hectare city center that would reorganize circulation and infrastructure while providing new residential options to support Scotland’s economic center.

(Y)our Vibrant Broomielaw. Image Courtesy of MVRDV (Y)our River Park Projects. Image Courtesy of MVRDV (Y)our Great Streets and Spaces. Image Courtesy of MVRDV (Y)our Great Buildings. Image Courtesy of MVRDV + 7

Full-Scale Prototype to be Erected as Part of Glasgow School of Art Restoration Project

10:15 - 6 February, 2017
Full-Scale Prototype to be Erected as Part of Glasgow School of Art Restoration Project, Vizualisation of the library. Image Courtesy of Page\Park
Vizualisation of the library. Image Courtesy of Page\Park

A little over two years since a fire devastated parts of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art, which was deemed to have been caused by fumes from a can of spray foam entering a projector fan, appointed architects Page\Park are making headway in their restoration of the building's iconic library. As part of the project, and alongside Edinburgh-based joinery firm Laurence McIntosh, the practice will create a full-scale prototype of one of the library bays in order to "test the materials and techniques used to construct the original library."

Competition for a Double Villa

22:43 - 3 November, 2016
Competition for a Double Villa, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

The Alexander Thomson Society is pleased to announce an international ideas competition open to architects and students of architecture to celebrate the work of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, one of Glasgow’s greatest nineteenth century architects. It is being launched to coincide with the Year of Architecture 2016 and culminates in 2017 by an exhibition of selected entries to mark the bicentennial of the architect’s birth. The exhibition will take place in The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, housed in a Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed building.

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.

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.

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.

Call for Sessions: SAH 2017 Annual International Conference

04:00 - 20 October, 2015
Call for Sessions: SAH 2017 Annual International Conference, Cloisters at University of Glasgow (courtesy of People Make Glasgow)
Cloisters at University of Glasgow (courtesy of People Make Glasgow)

At its 2017 Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, SAH will offer a total of 36 paper sessions. The Society invites its members, including graduate students and independent scholars, representatives of SAH chapters, and partner organizations, to chair a session at the conference. As SAH membership is required to chair or present research at the Annual International Conference, non-members who wish to chair a session will be required to join SAH at the time of submitting a session proposal.

Technology and Innovation Centre / BDP

11:00 - 16 September, 2015
Technology and Innovation Centre / BDP, © David Barbour
© David Barbour

© David Barbour © David Barbour © David Barbour © David Barbour + 15

  • Architects

    BDP
  • Location

    University of Strathclyde, 16 Richmond St, Glasgow, Glasgow City G1 1XQ, United Kingdom
  • Area

    25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

From Mackintosh to Saint-Donatien, Can We Really Afford to Set History on Fire?

09:30 - 6 July, 2015
From Mackintosh to Saint-Donatien, Can We Really Afford to Set History on Fire?, Firefighters at the Glasgow School of Art in May 2014. Image © Stewart Attwood
Firefighters at the Glasgow School of Art in May 2014. Image © Stewart Attwood

On 23 May 2014, a fire swept through the Glasgow School of Art, destroying its iconic library. The cause of the fire was reported to be a projector exploding in the basement of the building and catching a piece of foam, leading to a bigger fire that rapidly ascended the building. The fire was extinguished after four and a half hours thanks to the efforts of over sixty firefighters and thankfully no lives were endangered - however, considerable damage was made to an irreplaceable historic building.

The building was built between 1897 and 1909 and designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s influential architect who brought the art nouveau touch to 20th century Britain which influenced design across Europe. As such, the fire that ruined the Mackintosh Building of the Glasgow School of Art in was a reminder of our historical heritage and how crucial it is to preserve it and keep it safe from fire.

Ronald Mcdonald House / Keppie

09:00 - 29 June, 2015
Ronald Mcdonald House / Keppie, Courtesy of Keppie
Courtesy of Keppie

Courtesy of Keppie Courtesy of Keppie Courtesy of Keppie Courtesy of Keppie + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    South Glasgow University Hospitals, 1345 Govan Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G51 4TF, United Kingdom
  • Area

    1940.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

2015 European Summer Exhibition Guide

04:00 - 8 June, 2015
2015 European Summer Exhibition Guide

Exhibitions, much like publications and films, are one of the key contemporary methods for the communication of architectural concepts and ideas. They allow the practice, curator or educative body to edit and present information and visuals in a way which narrates a story, provokes new ideas, or feeds into a wider discourse. For many, exhibitions are an invaluable source of inspiration and an engaging way of gaining new, or reaffirming old, knowledge and design precedents. Intimately linked to the space or place in which they are displayed, the best exhibitions also remind us that the practice of architecture is both a profession and a discipline; a valuable way of understanding the built, and unbuilt, world we live in.

If you're traveling to, living or studying in Europe this summer then dive into our compilation of what we consider to be some of the most informative and exciting exhibitions on show in between June and October 2015. If you visit them, or any other exhibitions that you enjoy, share a photograph on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #archdailyexhibitions.

Check out our favourite exhibitions on architecture, urbanism and design, from Jyväskylä to Milano, after the break.

Architecture: Concept and Notation at SAM The Brutalist Playground, London. Image © Assemble & Simon Terrill UK Pavilion / Wolfgang Buttress. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu 'Africa' at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Image © Kere Dano + 7

Page\Park Wins Competition to Rebuild Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art

12:08 - 31 March, 2015
Page\Park Wins Competition to Rebuild Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow School of Art (before the fire). Image © Alan McAteer
Glasgow School of Art (before the fire). Image © Alan McAteer

Page\Park Architects have been announced as winner of a competition to restore Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art (GSA). The Scottish practice, chosen ahead of four other shortlisted architects, will now develop plans to restore the building’s library and all other areas devastated by fire in May of last year.

Highlighting Page\Park’s “extensive track record in both restoring and reinvigoration major historic buildings” and previous work on the Mac, GSA director Prof Tom Inns said: “The team assembled by Page\Park Architects impressed us not only with their deep knowledge of the building, but of the wider work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh… Page\Park have ongoing relationships with key crafts specialists and artists in Scotland and wider afield, and presented exciting proposals for expanding the legacy of the restoration by working with a new generation of creative talent.”

Which Architect Could Restore The Glasgow School Of Art?

00:00 - 18 February, 2015
Which Architect Could Restore The Glasgow School Of Art?, Glasgow School of Art, Eric De Mare. Image Courtesy of RIBA Photographs Collection
Glasgow School of Art, Eric De Mare. Image Courtesy of RIBA Photographs Collection

With the Charles Rennie Mackintosh retrospective opening today at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London Rowan Moore, writing for The Guardian, asks "which architect could restore Mackintosh's masterpiece [in Glasgow]?" The Glasgow School of Art, parts of which were devastated by fire in May of last year, is in the process of selecting a restoration architect from a shortlist of five. Yet for Moore "there are examples of clumsiness and stodginess in some of the past projects of those included that should be allowed nowhere near the School of Art."