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Chipperfield leads calls for Mac to be rebuilt


It's heartening that Charlie Hussey, honorary professor and lecturerer at the Mackintosh School is the first from the Glasgow School of Art to break cover and offer an opinion. However. like Dresden, Warsaw, Barcelona Pavilion and even Neues, comparing Mackintosh's GSA, a working art school, with Japanese temples and shrines is also spurious. Traditional temples and shrines in Japan were made from wood, so more likely to be open to destruction or destroyed by fire. Therefore, it's no surprise that the Japanese philosophical attitude to the rebuilding of these historic buildings should be that it is the "preservation of the idea that is important" Also, just as significantly, we are not Japanese. I have been a frequent visitor to mainland China and have been guided around many reconstructed temples and other traditional buildings, which were demolished during the cultural revolution or destroyed by the Japanese. The reconstruction looks authentic, it's all very well done but you know it's a lie.

Posted date

6 July, 2018

Posted time

8:58 am