22 January 2017       view this email in your browser

Dear friends and members,

We wish you a happy New Year! Please remember that 2017 membership fees are due. If you like our work, we would appreciate your support. Please renew your membership or join us - annual fees start at 10 £.

In this newsletter, we also report about forthcoming lectures in Edinburgh on architectural Modernism, postwar university buildings at risk in northern England and a photo exhibition in Glasgow about the city's disappearing mass housing legacy.
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As every year, January is the time for membership renewals. Our new Scottish membership fee is 20 £, with a concessionary fee  at 10 £ for students and unwaged. The international membership fee is 60 £ / 30 £ and includes two copies of the printed Docomomo Journal. If you like our activities, please consider supporting us! Our membership form is available online, detailing payment options. You can also simply transfer your payment digitally and email us any changes to name and email and postal addresses.

We are a non-governmental charity promoting the conservation and documentation of the 20th century built heritage in Scotland, with a focus on the Modern Movement. To retain our independence as a campaigning organisation, we do not receive any government funding, but depend solely on membership fees and donations. We have maintained our Scottish fees unchanged for several years, but have decided at our last annual general meeting to raise for 2017 our individual Scottish membership from 15 to 20 £. Our international membership fee will go back up to 60 £ (30 £ for students). The Scottish concessionary fee remains unchanged at £10.

Our activities in 2016 included: a lecture and film screenings by Glasgow film maker Chris Leslie (who is currently exhibiting in Glasgow, see below); a visit to Avisfield, a fantastic Modernist house in Edinburgh; a lecture by Clive B. Fenton about Basil Spence's Lesser Known Architectural Works; and a festive film evening with documentary shorts on British postwar design. As national chapter of Docomomo International, we also contribute to activities of our partent organisation, which organised in 2016 an international conference in Lisbon, Portugal. We, for example, contributed to MoMove, an online exibition on architectural Modernism across the world (pictured above).

If you are interested in helping with organising our activities, from lectures and tours to case work and documenting Scotland's built 20th century heritage, please get in touch by email. We love to hear from you.

The photo above shows a screenshot of the Scottish entries in Docomomo International's online exhibition MoMove on architectural Modernist the world over. Docomomo Scotland contributed to the exhibition during 2015 and will add further information on Scottish Modernism during 2017.
Imagery © Docomomo International

Edinburgh lectures

University of Edinburgh Modernism lectures
Two talks at the University of Edinburgh and one for the AHSS on architectual Modernism

Several interesting lectures will be held in Edinburgh featuring architectural Modernism as a topic. The second semester of the Architectural History and Theory Seminar Series 2016-2017 of the University of Edinburgh will feature, amongst five lectures in total, two on Modernism: On Tuesday, 31st January, Dr. Dagmar Motycka Weston of the university will speak about The Thematic Content of Le Corbusier’s Musée Mondial: Nature and Perspectivity, and on 28th March, also a Tuesday, Diane Watters of Historic Environment Scotland will present on Cardross Seminary: Fate, Failure or Tragic Myth? Both seminars will take place at 5.15pm in Room 4.18 of Minto House (The Maltings) at 20-22 Chambers Street, EH1 1JZ.

One of the seminar's organisers, Dr. Alistair Fair, will hold a talk for the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) on Monday, 06 February: Re-thinking Scotland’s Theatre Architecture c.1951-1995This talk will firstly discuss the broad context of postwar theatre construction and then focus on built and unbuilt key Scottish examples. The lecture will take place at 18:30 at St. Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street, EH2 2PA. Entry costs 5 £ (2.50 £ for students).

The photo above shows the river-side elevation of the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, in Pitlochry, Perth & Kinross. The original theatre part, on the left of the photograph, was designed between 1979 and 1981 by the architectural firm Law & Dunbar-Nasmith, based in Edinburgh. The extention to the left was added in 1998, designed by the same firm, now named LDN Architects. Will this theatre feature in Fair's talk?
Imagery © Tom Parnell via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
From the north of England

North English university buildings threatened
Modernist buildings at the universities of Durham and Manchester at redevelopment risk

Looking across the English-Scottish border, postwar Modernist buildings in England's north are equally under threat of demolition and redevelopment as in Scotland. The Twentieth Century Society is currently campaigning to save Dunelm House, the Brutalist student union building in Durham, following the decision by the UK government to refuse an application from Historic England for statutory heritage designation by listing at Grade II. The five-level concrete building was constructed between 1964 and 1966 by the river Wear to the designs of the architectural firm Architects’ Co-Partnership. The society's director, Catherine Croft, said: “We consider the award-winning Dunelm House to be a remarkably intact survivor of its era, historically and architecturally significant and to have group value with the beautiful Kingsgate Bridge adjacent." You can support the save Dunelm House campaign by signing an online petition.

The Manchster Modernist Society has raised concerns regarding plans, published for consultation, about the redevelopment of the so-called North Campus of the University of Manchester. The campus was formerly home to the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), before it got merged in 20014 into the University of Manchester. The future of the UMIST campus "has been uncertain for some years but the recent publication of the draft North Campus Strategic Regeneration Framework 2017 by Manchester City Council sets out a vision ... that might destroy some of the finest examples of post-war architecture in the city". This includes, for example, the Renold Building (pictured above), designed by Cruikshank & Seward and built in 1962, which was "the first of its type in the UK – an entire building to house lecture theatres and seminar rooms. It is also one of the earliest UK projects to assume a tower and podium configuration", notes the website Mainstream Modern. The Manchster Modernist Society has previously in an art project "declared the UMIST Campus a Conservation Area", an interesting proposal considering that far too few postwar conservation areas exist in Britain. Comments on the redevelopment can be emailed to the city council until 14 February.

STOP PRESS: Birmingham City Council has approved the demolition of the Brutalist Smallbrook Queensway building in Birmingham, near New Street Railway Station and the Bullring Shoppinh Centre.

The photo above shows a (cropped) drawing of the Renold Building of the University of Manchester, located at the North / UMIST campus. The building was designed by the architectural firm Cruickshank & Seward, which also produced the depicted water colour drawing.
Imagery © Cruickshank & Seward archive via Mainstream Modernism

Glasgow exhibition

Disappearing Glasgow multimedia exhibition

Photos and films by Chris Leslie on the destruction of Glasgow's mass housing legacy

In July 2016, Chris Leslie, a Glasgow photographer and film maker, gave a talk and screened a few shortfilms for Docomomo Scotland in Edinburgh, discussing his project Disappearing Glasgow, about the on-going destruction of Glasgow's 20th century built heritage, namely its mass housing legacy. Now, a multimedia exhibition at Glasgow's The Lighthouse, also titled Disappearing Glasgow, presents his more of his work on this topic. The organiser, Architecture & Design Scotland, a public body, notes: "The skyline of Glasgow has been radically transformed as high rise tower blocks have been blown down and bulldozed. 30% of the city’s high rise flats have disappeared since 2006, communities dispersed across the city and Dalmarnock have ‘been raised from the ashes’ via the Commonwealth Games." One can argue about the effects of the Commonwealth Games, especially for the displaced local population, but the exhibition certainly documents an era of spectacular change in Glasgow. Go and see the exhibition and decide for yourself what this change means for the city (and the 'People [that] Make Glasgow').

The free exhibition is on show until 19 February, daily from 10:30 to 17:00, except for Sunday's when opening times are 12:00 to 17:00. Leslie has also published in 2016 a photographic book about his multimedia project, the hard cover edition of which is already out-of-print. A paperback version has been announced for later in 2017.

The photo above shows the top floors of one of the Glasgow 'twin towers', the Bluevale and Whitevale Towers, designed by the architectural firm David Harvey, Alex Scott & Associates and constructed between 1967 and 1968 and demolished in 2015 to 2016.
Imagery © Chris Leslie

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Scotland's national chapter of Docomomo International, the international committee for documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the modern movement.

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