Edinburgh News – Jan 2011
Delivering better places in Scotland
Guide launched to "help create well-designed, successful communities".
A guide produced in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Scotland and Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) was launched on 27 Jan, aimed at providing better places in Scotland to live, visit and work. It is aimed at a variety of public, private and community stakeholders whose role it is to regenerate or design neighbourhoods: Delivering better places in Scotland Guide. 28 Jan
The future of an historic 19th century Redemptorist monastery in Perth could be secured following the submission of a planning application by CALA Homes.
The neo-gothic St Mary’s Monastery has stood on the wooded slopes of Perthshire’s Kinnoull Hill since the 1860s – and has become an important international destination for both the Redemptorist Order and followers of all faiths as a spiritual retreat centre.
Now, the future of St Mary’s is at stake due to an urgent requirement to refurbish the internal fabric of the category B-listed building to allow it to meet modern standards and to continue as a retreat centre.
In order to meet the £2.5 million renovation bill, Redemptorist Trustees have established an innovative partnership with CALA Homes to develop a six-acre site owned by the monastery. CALA’s plans include building up to 19 detached family homes designed to sensitively integrate with surrounding countryside and woodland. 27 Jan
Developing the Creative Economy
Lecture on 1 Feb at Glasgow School of Art by Professor Jeremy Peat, FRSE, Director of the David Hume Institute regarding the V&A at Dundee. 27 Jan
The Lighthouse Exhibitions
The 2011 events kick off with ‘V&A at Dundee Architectural Competition’ Exhibition from 1 – 18 Feb – see Glasgow Events link in the navigation column
Norman Foster Film News
How Much Does Your Building Weigh Mr Foster? – Film Release. 27 Jan
Napier University Campus
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Napier University Sighthill Campus : RMJM Architects. 24 Jan
Renewal date Monday 31 Jan for Edinburgh Architects Listings
Scottish National Arena Glasgow
Scottish National Arena Glasgow by Foster & Partners to go on site in Feb
South Glasgow Hospital
£842m ‘super hospital’ designed by Nightingale Associates gets final approval: South Glasgow Hospital. 24 Jan
Edinburgh University + Edinburgh College of Art
The proposed merger between Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art has been approved by the Scottish Government. It is due to be backed by £13.8 million of new investment. Education Secretary Michael Russell backed the proposals "with regret as well as anticipation". The decision was made after a 12-week public consultation with the backing of the two institutions. 24 Jan
Glasgow Drawing Competition Winners
Winners for Glasgow Drawing Competition – exhibition 22 Jan – 4 Feb Kelly Gallery & Glasgow Art Club, 118 Douglas St. 21+24 Jan
Women in Property Annual Dinner
Women in Property Central Scotland Branch 20th Annual Dinner on 4 Mar at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow – see Edinburgh Events link in the navigation column. 21 Jan
Marjo’s Studio, The Grange
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Marjo’s Studio, The Grange, garden studio : Bergmark Architects. 18 Jan
Centre for Virus Research
Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow: Sheppard Robson. 18 Jan
V&A at Dundee at Holyrood in Edinburgh
17 – 27 Jan Scottish Parliament to host exhibition of V&A Dundee designs – see Edinburgh Events link in the navigation column. 17 Jan
Malcolm Fraser Article
Article from 13 Jan in the AJ by Malcolm Fraser, criticising chronic underbidding, "unadmired corporates such as Keppies and RMJM", Scottish government monopolistic ‘Hub’ procurement stream, the government ‘new urbanist’ official policy and New urbanist superstar Andrés Duany. He finishes thus: "We are not well represented by our institutions in Scotland, which range from distracted to ineffective to positively harmful. Maybe we should do something about that?"
Indeed, government should be supporting design-led practices and good quality architecture. Despite all the manifestos and good words over the years government – and the private sector – still focus too much on short-term (vote-winning) cost-cutting. Poorly designed buildings – such as schools and hospitals – might keep taxes down but long-term they won’t. However, most importantly, they don’t inspire and provide future generations with a good legacy.17 Jan
Retrofitting: Challenges and Opportunities Event
24 Jan 2011 12.00 – 14.00
Speakers at the event are Alan Pert, Colin Porteous and Gordon Henderson – see Edinburgh Events link in the navigation column. 17 Jan
Corporate Plan Consultation Extended
The consultation period for A+DS Corporate Plan extended to 21 Jan 2011.
A+DS have released their draft Corporate Plan for 2011-2014 entitled ‘Delivering Quality Design’.
The draft plan sets out A+DS’s proposed priorities and actions for the next 3 years. The draft has been launched as a consultation to allow A+DS stakeholders to give their views on the proposals and help shape the final version of the Corporate Plan to be released in March 2011.
You can respond to the consultation by answering the questions in the A+DS online survey or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your views. 17 Jan
The Lighthouse Exhibitions
The last set of exhibitions closed on 16 Jan. The next set kicks off with ‘V&A at Dundee Architectural Competition’ Exhibition from Tue 1 Feb to Fri 18 Feb 2011
– see Edinburgh Events link in the navigation column. 17 Jan
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Major improvements to Waverley Station’s Princes Street entry to start next month: Waverley Steps. 14 Jan
Floating Leisure Village
Floating village for basin beside Pacific Quay : Floating Village Glasgow. 14 Jan
RICS Awards News
21 Jan deadline for RICS Scotland Awards 2011
New Schop Exhibition
Lilliputian Museum Matrix : an installation by Thomas Mason 17 Jan – 18 Mar : Schop Exhibition
RMJM Architects : Lawsuit by employees in USA. 12 Jan
Photos of various Edinburgh buildings by professional Australian architecture photographer Steven Powell added – for example National Monument
Glasgow Drawing Competition Deadline
Submissions for architectural drawing competition organised by Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts due to be received by 14 Jan Glasgow Drawing Competition
Architectural Review of 2010
Architectural Review of 2010 : Key Buildings. 4 Jan
Glenmorangie Bottling Plant
Glenmorangie Bottling Plant, Scotland : New Building. 2 Jan
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