Scottish Architecture Unlimited - unleashing the talent
Lecture given at Architects for Yes meeting on 8th of September 2014
We live in times of constant change, but change is not the same thing as risk and if we want to have assurances about the future we really need to be in control of our own destiny. The starting question for architects in Scotland therefore has to be is this as good as it gets, or can we do better?
More than any other profession, architects are trained to a....
Don't Hate the Media, become the Media
These headlines often make for uncomfortable reading, particularly for the most obstinate of 'nationalists', but cast aside any preconceptions you may have, and consider for a minute that these prophecies could be true;
1. The financial institutions in Scotland will have no option but to move their offices and headquarters south of the border should we vote to leave the union
Inquisitiveness demands Yes
Other people with far more expertise than I can offer have given their reasons why a Yes vote is so important. So I would like to be philosophical. At a (very) conceptual level, if our great ancestors had decided to 'remain in the cave' due to its perceived safety; not to strike two pieces of flint together; not picked up a lump of charcoal and scratch marks on a stone wall, we would not be here today. Inquisitiveness ....
Architects for Yes: a manifesto for a better built environment for Scotland
Our built environment is crucial to the wellbeing of the nation’s population. It affects the quality of people’s lives, the best examples providing a sense of community, security and pride and the worst offering only dislocation, isolation, lowered expectations and poorer health outcomes. Architects for Yes believe independence offers us the opportunity to invigorate discussion about the kind of built environment the Scotland of th....
Scottish Architecture and IndependenceOn the 18th of September Scotland will hold the most important vote in its history. It is sometimes difficult to appreciate the enormity of the decision or the significance of the process that has led us to this position.Uniquely, a left of centre nationalist movement, not based on identity, bloodlines and patriotism, but reason, fairness and democracy has – over a period of a hundr....
The Beauty of Utility by Malcolm Fraser
I’m a great softie, especially for home and country matters: I can well-up just re-watching James McFadden’s wondrous goal for Scotland against France at the Parc des Princes, or at jangly pop genius Edwin Collins’ will to live and make music after a cerebral haemorrhage left him able to say only four phrases, repeated over and over: “yes”, “no”, “Grace Maxwell” (his wife’s name) a....
Building an Independent Scotland"This is Scotland”, said Malcolm Fraser, the renowned architect showing a photograph of a snow-covered shepherd’s bothy set within a stunning autumnal Highland landscape. The audience at the event in the 2002 Biennale in Barcelona gasped.Then followed a series of other images, from a beautiful fishing port of the East Neuk of Fife, the near perfect planned village of Inveraray, to the....