By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.

Close

Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Close

DEDICATED SCOTS NOW SWIMMING WITH SHARKS

WEBWATCH

You don't normally think of the architectural internet as shark-infested waters. It's more a bunch of earnest, nutty and sometimes gifted architectural buffs behaving in a quite genteel way.

Readers will know I'm a fan of two pioneering Scottish websites: www.edinburgharchitecture.co. uk and www.glasgowarchitecture.co. uk, which are run on a shoestring by an architect and his wife who fall into the gifted and, not so much nutty as dedicated/obsessed, category. A lot of web users agree, given the 30 million hits the sites get a year. Like the big commercial websites, such as our own www.ajplus. co. uk, their news is updated daily and they offer a satisfying range of side benefits such as tours, job ads, events and even such things as restaurant guides.

In swims what looks like a Great White - www.architecturescotland.co. uk. This is a commercial site funded by the Carnyx Group's Prospect magazine.

I'm all for competition but this looks a bit unequal: a single site funded by a business and two pioneer local sites funded by a bloke's salary. Which will win?

My money is on local and dedicated/obsessed.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters