Alan Dunlop's comments
Pursuit of personal agendas, Robert?
"Mackintosh art school ‘should not be rebuilt by pedantic architects’
Computers should take charge of the rebuilding of Glasgow School of Art rather than pedantic architects, according to the biographer of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Roger Billcliffe.
“The computer will make the drawings to make the building again,” he said. “It may be a good thing that the computer is doing it — it won’t be tempted to put in the twiddly bits that architects might add, ‘improving’ on Mackintosh.”
"It's not a blame game, I'm not saying they should go to prison" "I don't want to send them to prison but I want to make sure they don't operate in a system where they co do it again" Roger Billcliffe CTEEA Committee.
If you read no other report, read this.
Written Submission to the Scottish Parliament CTEEA Committee by The Sauchiehall Street Inner Cordon Businesses and Garnethill Displaced Residents Group re the Mackintosh Building.
The rebuilding of Warsaw and Dresden particularly, Robert was a necessary act, essential to rebuild morale of the nations and people affected by World War 2.
Fundamentally different from the call to replicate Mackintosh's School of Art, which has been and continues to driven by high emotion, provoked by the aftermath of the second fire in four years, this one devastating, and the destruction of the building.
While Glasgow's failure to protect its fine historic heritage is lamentable it is not justification enough to dismiss other points of view, nor reject the idea that there could be an alternative to rebuilding brick by brick that could include a new building.
Moreover, a review on Mackintosh's plans ( easily downloaded from GSA archives) will confirm that it cannot be replicated to his original 1898 and 1909 design.
I think you'll find that very very small minority is now growing, Chris. So we'll see.
Ach, thank you too "Robin".
Thank you MJ. In both cases I was asked my opinion and to consider a way forward by various national newspapers and the BBC, Sky and so on. I gave it honestly. As far as the Mac, particularly is concerned it has left me open to anonymous "shut up" comments, like your own and from other keyboard warriors. Frankly however, I'll keep going.
The future of Mackintosh's GSA is worthy of a national debate, part of that debate should include the consideration of a new building, not only a brick by brick replication. I've put I believe a strong case to the Scottish Parliament Committee. Perhaps you should do the same? It's a democracy after all, where all views should be considered, no matter how disagreeable they may be to some.
All the very best to you.
Congratulations Yousuf Khalil looks like remarkable undergraduate work. Very impressive.
It is a striking building and Jay Merrick does his best to pump it up but really..... Kuma apparently " cannot countenance the idea of self-consciously monumental architecture." however the " the £80 million building’s appliquéd non-structural façades of gapped, end-on horizontal concrete planks" is somehow appropriate.
Although there are cliffs on Scotland's east coast, at North Berwick, Dunnottar Castle and Banff the landscape and coastline particularly in Fife and around Dundee is flat, the "grain" runs vertically, not horizontally and the cliff edge angles back from the water.
Consequently the sea cliff allegory is spurious. But like Holl's "homage to Mackintosh" Miralles, "upturned boats" and Hadid's " it's about the river" Kuma is a player, so " a picture of the cliffs of north-eastern Scotland." would be enough as a convincing narrative.
Once the pr hullabalo dies down, I hope we can then get a considered critique.
Why? There is a prestige and cachet in having a major public building designed by an international architect name. Which is fair enough, I guess but in Scotland it's never, frankly their best work. Glasgow has a Hadid, Foster, Holl and Chipperfield. Edinburgh Miralles and now Dundee has Kuma. Aberdeen's Diller Scofidio plans were scuppered.
The irony is that the V+A Dundee showcases the best of Scottish design, in everything but architecture. Scots architects will make it to the shortlist for these major projects but rarely if ever succeed in securing the project, despite often producing the most considered, contextual and responsive work.
Despite their early setbacks, the variety hopefuls played the Glasgow Empire, with the bright and peppy act. Starting with a flourish as Phil dashed on-stage playing his clarinet. After a couple of minutes Ian's face peeked through the centre curtains with his trademark goofy leer. But on that fateful Fifties Friday, a shout from the audience famously reflected Glasgow's thoughts; "Christ - there's two of them!"