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RIAS Convention 2009: Live blog

The antidote to the recession: hear all the gossip from the Scots enjoying a knees-ups at this year’s RIAS Convention

From Neil Baxter, Secretary & Treasurer RIAS, 10.13
The Convention has already received the fond wishes of the Scottish Minister for Architecture Mike Russell. This morning some delegates had the unexpected pleasure of meeting David Cameron over breakfast at the Dundee Apex, the Convention Hotel. Unfortunately, he explained, he wasn’t in town for our Convention due to a prior commitment in Perth…however he did ask me to pass on his greetings to the delegates so although we don’t have the sunshine we enjoyed yesterday at least we are basking in the glow of Cross-Party approbation!

Stuart Campbell, Archial Architects , 11.42
Enjoyed gentle rural mood and pace of Thursday afternoon - some fond collaborations between art and architecture-in wonderful sites! Greatly appreciated Fergus Purdie links to Patrick Geddes.

Stuart Campbell, Archial Architects , 14.15
David Mach’s memorable images of brick train and sharp observations on having to coax groups in smoke filled rooms is familiar to most architects. Like his observations on how long it takes to realize that not everyone likes him or his work!

John Quigley, Velux 07.36
Stands - .Don’t think the shell stands allow for free movememt between the exhibitors especially when there a lot of delgates. Any feedback about exhibit good or bad would be appreciated. We are always interested to know what ways the Architects think we can help.

John Quigley, Velux08.24
Timing. With things overunning we did not get a lot of time with the architects as they had to rush to get their food and get back into the presentations.

 


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  • I didn’t manage to attend the main day, but I thoroughly enjoyed the symposium on art & architecture collaborations on the previous day. With summer-like weather, it was easy to absorb the town’s historic allure and of course to enjoy the DCA as a venue. Excepting the technicalities surrounding planning policy (%for Art) there was instead a highly rewarding, pleasing and educational series of talks and lectures touching on (and evaluating) the very nature and essence of collaboration/s locally, globally and remotely, or in a word ‘urbanically’ (as coined by one of the organisers from the Geddes Institute). It was driven by a highly panoramic and demonstrable selection of projects. It was all topped by a reception to launch the ‘Landworkers’ exhibition, which I believe is still running. I had left the symposium believing that there were lessons to be learnt and an understanding to be gained, particularly for those with an interest in - as it was phrased - drawing on the land.

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