Heaven help us if, as Gordon Davies believes, the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland has been given a brief to be more 'proactive in promoting good design' (AJ 3.10.02). Seems to me it is the commission's lack of understanding of what constitutes good modern design and contemporary urban thinking that will continue to hold Scotland back as a country whose architects can once again have a European, or even national, influence.
Moreover, to respond to Charles Prosser's most recent off-the-cuff remark, I'll tell you what makes my toes 'curl with shame', the 'To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty May it Please Your Majesty' that prefaces every Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland Report. The documents, which also define the commission, read like some 14th-century parchment.
It is time this organisation was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century and opened up to a more democratic process and one more representative of a devolved Scotland.
The Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland obviously feels that a project or competition lacks any legitimacy, unless approved or commented upon positively by its commissioners.
Yet no one knows how a commissioner is appointed. They also lack any commercial representation, are aloof and often inexperienced, and their views are representative of 20-yearold thinking.
Alan Dunlop, Glasgow