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Mac will be rebuilt, says Glasgow School of Art director


Alan is missing my point, and I happen to agree with Mackintosh's sentiment and the eventually bankrupt Victorian 'Style Wars'. My suspicion though is that when Mackintosh criticised the exact rebuilding of St Mark's Campinile (following William Morris in calling for new work to be fashioned in the spirit of the times it is created in) he could not have foreseen the voiceless sterility that modern materials and software-driven drawings would produce. Public sentiment also has as much validity as architects' sometime arrogant assertion that only they have right on their side. By rennaissance I mean a renewal of the art of making beautiful buildings as opposed to merely gridding up a quintessentially unsustainable facade that, in my humble opinion, will become land-fill long before anything by Mackintosh is deliberately destroyed. I am pleased to see Alan has noted elsewhere that the Holl building is now seen as a reason not to replace Mackintosh's design. One could stand in the street for hours studying the extraordinarily creative power and delicacy of the Mac, and only minutes to see all there is to see of the overscaled and bland Holl building. How sad to see how much ink is wasted on critical essays attempting to make such reductionist buildings of more than fleeting interest. So let me say more clearly, what Mackintosh committed to paper has close parallels with, say, Faure's Requiem score, and building 'The Mac' again is no different from yet another performance of Beethoven's sixth – only the conductor will be different. A fine conductor is already to hand with experience of the Library restoration, and the orchestra of skilled craftsmen and women exists everywhere waiting only to show how good they can be, so let's rejoice that such a masterpiece will continue to exist.

Posted date

16 July, 2018

Posted time

12:02 pm