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Heathcote Examines The Architecture Of Scottish Independence

00:00 - 19 September, 2014
Heathcote Examines The Architecture Of Scottish Independence, Enric Miralles' Scottish Parliament Building. Image Courtesy of University of Edinburgh
Enric Miralles' Scottish Parliament Building. Image Courtesy of University of Edinburgh

Scotland have voted against independence.

Arguably there are only two architects in history that have become almost completely synonymous with one particular city - Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Glasgow and Antoní Gaudi for Barcelona. Indeed, a Catalonian architect, Enric Miralles, designed the Scottish Parliament Building in Holyrood, Edinburgh. The fact that both of these cities are part of large enclaves who are seeking, or have sought, independence is perhaps just a coincidence. Architecture, often used as a symbol for the identity of nationhood, will certainly be part of a wider dialogue about the Union of the United Kingdom following yesterday's referendum.

Two Symposiums Will Help Determine Glasgow School of Art's Restoration

00:00 - 4 September, 2014
Two Symposiums Will Help Determine Glasgow School of Art's Restoration, Glasgow School of Art ablaze (unknown source)
Glasgow School of Art ablaze (unknown source)

The Glasgow School of Art have announced that they will hold two symposiums in order to discuss the restoration of the school's library which was devastated in a fire in May of this year. The first conference, to be held in Venice's Querini Stampalia, will act as a precursor to a second conference to be held in Glasgow in 2015. According to Professor Christopher Platt, head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the meetings will help to answer the question: "What should the plans be for bringing the Mackintosh building into full use once more and how should we approach the particular issue of the Macintosh library?"

Steven Holl Reflects on the Majesty of the Mackintosh

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Steven Holl Reflects on the Majesty of the Mackintosh

Following the devastating news that the Mackintosh School of Art's iconic library was recently destroyed, Steven Holl - designer of the adjacent Seona Reid Building that opened earlier this year - reflects on the "magic" of what has been lost in an article for the Architectural Record. The Charles Rennie Mackintosh building, for Holl, "embodies a refreshingly direct conviction", the sudden loss of which brought on a "deep sadness." Placing it within a canon of architectural masterpieces, Holl gives insight to his emotional connections with this Glaswegian masterpiece: "the Glasgow School of Art has an inner worth and a dignity beyond all measurable value." Read the article in full here.

Glasgow School of Art Begins to Pick Up the Pieces

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Glasgow School of Art Begins to Pick Up the Pieces, The wreckage of the Glasgow School of Art Library. Image © Scottish Fire and Rescue via BBC
The wreckage of the Glasgow School of Art Library. Image © Scottish Fire and Rescue via BBC

After the tragic fire that tore through Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art last week, thoughts have now turned to the future of the building and the process of restoration. It seems that many people in the profession are in favour of a faithful restoration: John McAslan, who has previously worked on restoring one of Mackintosh's buildings in Northampton, saying that "it is not the time and place to interpret Mackintosh", and former GSA student and ex-director of FAT Sam Jacob commenting that the building "hadn't been turned into a museum piece" and therefore "a faithful restoration is exactly the right thing to do."

Though there has been one dissenting voice from George Cairns, a professor at Melbourne's RMIT who completed his PhD thesis on the building in 1992 and believes that a faithful restoration is impossible. In any case, this is what the Glasgow School of Art has resolved to do, and they have received a number of offers of help. Read on after the break to find out what's being done, and what you can do to help, after the break.

Mackintosh's Iconic Library at Glasgow School of Art Destroyed in Fire

00:00 - 24 May, 2014
Mackintosh's Iconic Library at Glasgow School of Art Destroyed in Fire, Fire Damage to Glasgow School of Art. Image via BBC © Scottish Fire and Rescue
Fire Damage to Glasgow School of Art. Image via BBC © Scottish Fire and Rescue

A statement from The Glasgow School of Art's Muriel Gray paints a somber picture of the aftermath of yesterday's fire: "Bad news first is that we have lost the iconic and unique Mackintosh library. This is an enormous blow and we are understandably devastated."

The fire, which broke out on Friday, May 23 at around 12:30pm, caused an outpouring of grief on social media. Though many speculated as to the fate of the library, the archives, and the building's structural integrity, the report brings confirmation that the archives are "safe."

Gray added, "As for the library, Mackintosh was not famous for working in precious materials. It was his vision that was precious and we are confident that we can recreate what was lost as faithfully as possible."