Architecture Fringe 2017

Thanks to Architecture Fringe Scotland for last weekend’s thought provoking and entertaining series of film, talks and live debate on a wide range of subjects relating to the built environment.

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Friday night saw the screening of a series of fascinating films looking at the promises and highlights offered by the Glasgow Corporation as a business location in the 1960s and 1980s. A forward looking, progressive city, with friendly people and ease of transport access through the city were some of the enticing benefits on offer.

The evening ended with a slightly sardonic but visually arresting look how those visions have panned out in modern day Glasgow in a collaborative film with Chris Leslie, known for his photographic portrayal of the demise of Glasgow’s modernist tower blocks in his moving book, Disappearing Glasgow.

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Sunday evening we headed to Edinburgh’s National Museum for the closing lecture by Sam Jacob, Beatrice Galilee and Cath Slessor, each with their unique take on architecture as practitioner, curator and critic.

We were enlightened by some unusual insights such as Sam Jacob’s ten ways to create your identity and make it as a modern day architect, and Cath Slessor’s amusing and at times biting analogies between Dante’s nine stages of hell and architectural journalism. International curator Beatrice Galilee told inspiring stories of the challenges behind the realization of some architecture and art projects, including a full size replica of the house from Pyscho on the roof of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art by artist Cornelia Parker.

It was an enjoyable and thought provoking weekend, and I look forward to next year’s event!  For more information and to sign up for the 2018 programme visit :