Dear friends and members,

New Year, new luck, new membership! Our newsletter are free, our magazine is free, and our activities are cheap, if not free, too. But you can support us nonetheless, by becoming a members in 2015!

Also, in this newsletter, a reminder about our first 2015 event, which is a talk, on Monday, 19 January, about the repairs to two postwar buildings of the National Library of Scotland. There is also news about the demolition of the 'Gallowgate Twins' in Glasgow, an Edinburgh exhibition on Antony Wolffe, a screening of a film and a talk by artist Patrick Keiller in Edinburgh, a walking tour of Edinburgh University campuses, a London exhibition on Russian Avant-garde Theatre design and a current consultation on Scottish heritage regulations.

Join Docomomo Scotland for 2015

Support Docomomo nationally and internationally by becoming a member

Docomomo Scotland is an independent, registered charity and a membership organisation, which does not receive public funding. If you like what we do, please consider supporting us, by joining or renewing your membership now, starting at £10. And, if you would like to contribute to our activities, please get in touch. We would like to here from you!

International Membership costs £55 (£27.50 for student concessions)
The international subscription includes two editions of the high-quality Docomomo journal, access to international events and conferences, news and reports from around the world
plus the membership of the domestic chapter, Docomomo Scotland.

Scottish Membership costs £15 (£10 student and unwaged concessions)

Subscription rates remain unchanged for membership of Docomomo Scotland in 2015. We organise various events during the year, including talks, tours, exhibitions and film and social evenings. We also campaign for the documentation and conservation of Scotland's 20th century architecture, through commenting on planning issues, proposing buildings for listing and producing web publications about key buildings and areas. Our free annual magazine, MoMo World Scotland, is packed with news, reviews and articles. In addition, there are regular newsletters, tweets and Facebook updates about Scotland’s Modernist buildings, neighbourhoods and landscapes.

Scottish Corporate Membership costs £50
This membership rate includes all the benefits of individual membership for any number of staff employed by the corporate body. Docomomo Scotland also acknowledges our corporate supporters in the annual magazine. (For corporate international membership, please email us.)

Membership forms are available onlineYou can pay by bank transfer, cheque, Paypal or in person. If you have any queries, please email us at

The photo shows details of Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, designed by Law & Dunbar-Naismith, later LDN Achitects, opened in 1976, and altered and extended by Page \ Page in 2007.
Image © Tom Parnell

Repairing our postwar libraries

Lunchtime talk on Monday, 19 January 2015, 12:30pm, RIAS, Edinburgh

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) has recently undertaken extensive repairs at its main building on Edinburgh's George IV Bridge. The building is category A listed, as an outstanding example of 20th century architecture. Now, the NLS is embarking on its next big project: Its Causewayside Building, dating from the 1980s and of equally interesting design, is in urgent need of repair and improvement. Docomomo Scotland has invited Linda MacMillan, Programme Manager at the NLS, and Dermot Patterson, Partner at LDN Architects, to present these two exciting construction projects, while discussing conservation and technical challenges.

The talk will take place at the Royal Incorporation of the Architects in Scotland (RIAS), at 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BE. Light lunch and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided at 12:30pm, with the talk taking place between 1pm and 2pm.

The cost is £6, or £4 for students, Docomomo members and RIAS members (including lunch). Places are limited, so please book your place soon, using EventBrite.

The photo shows details of the NLS Causewayside and George IV Bridge Buildings (left and right respectively).
Image © NLS

Demolition of Scotland's tallest buildings 

'Gallowgate Twins', two Glasgow high-rise towers, to be gone by the summer

The demolition of Scotland's postwar mass housing heritage continues in 2015, with the deconstruction of the 30-storey 'Gallowgate Twins' in Glasgow's East End. When built, between 1967 and 1968, the Bluevale and Whitevhale Towers were the tallest buildings in the UK, only surpassed in the early 1970s by the three 42-storey towers in London's Barbican Estate. The Gallowgate Twins, constructed with precast concrete elements, remained the tallest buildings in Scotland, barring the chimney of the Inverkip Power Station, Inverclyde (now demolished). The Gallowgate Twins, however, did not have the highest occupied floor in Scotland. This achievement goes to the nearby Red Road estate, currently also under demolition. The top two floors of the Gallowgate Twins contain only building services and drying areas.

Demolition of the two towers starts in January, with completion due in summer this year. The owner of the buildings, Glasgow Housing Association, has cited reasons for the demolition as unpopularity of the estate among residents, high maintenance and operation costs and structural problems. The buildings have certainly suffered from long-term neglect. However, this does not mean that Glasgow turning away from building high-rise developments, with property developers planning several upmarket residential and office high-rises along the River Clyde.

"Demolition is big business in Glasgow. Watching your home getting blown up is a popular event on a Sunday morning for many Glaswegians. Although I warn you, it's not the best thing to do if you've got a hangover", says Liam Young in the fantastic documentary Round Ma Bit: The Gallowgate Twins. The 2013 film presents the Gallowgate Twins, their urban context and the various attempts of redeveloping Glasgow's East End, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games Village. The 30 minute film is highly recommended to anyone interested in Glasgow's urban (mis-)planning.

The photo shows one of the Gallowgate Twins, in a still from the documentary Round Ma Bit: The Gallowgate Twins.
Image © Jack Archer, Chris Dakers & Liam Young 

Exhibition on architect Antony Wolffe

From 27 to 30 January only at Minto House, University of Edinburgh

A selection of drawings by Antony Wolffe, who studied Architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) between 1938 and 1944, will be exhibited along with new material from recent interviews at the University of Edinburgh's Minto House, 20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JZ. The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm. 
Wolffe was born Wolfgang Schmidt in Berlin in 1920, coming to Scotland in the late 1930s. After graduating from ECA, he worked with, among others, Frank Mears and Robert Hurd, before setting up his own practice, based in Dumfriesshire. For many years, he was also part-time Inspector of Historic Buildings for the Scottish Development Department.

This exhibition of his student drawings not only sheds new light on his own formation but also the training offered at ECA immediately prior to and during the Second World War. It is curated by three collections trainees at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland.

The photo shows an early drawing by Antony Wolffe, displayed in the exhibition.
Image © Antony Wolffe

Film and talk by artist Patrick Keiller

29 and 30 January at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Filmhouse

The Filmhouse will be screening Patrick Keiller's feature film The Dilapidated Dwelling, from 2000. The film, made for television, but never broadcast, is an examination of the predicament of domestic space in advanced economies, the UK in particular. A fictional researcher returns from a 20-year absence in the Arctic to find that, while the UK is still one of the world's wealthiest economies, its houses, flats etc. are typically old, small, dilapidated, architecturally impoverished, energy-inefficient and especially expensive. The film asks why repeated attempts to modernise house production have not been more successful and attempts to discover why the UK's housing economy has become so thoroughly dystopian. It includes archive footage of Buckminster Fuller, Constant, Archigram and Walter Segal and interviews with Martin Pawley, Saskia Sassen, Doreen Massey and Cedric Price.

A well known British artist and film maker, Patrick Keiller studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, in the 1970s. He is best known for his films London and Robinson in Space, from 1994 and 1997 respectively.

The film will be screened at the Filmhouse on Thursday, 29 Jan., at 6pm, including a question and answer session with the film maker, who will also give a free talk at the Edinburgh College of Art on 30 Jan. at 11:30am.

The photo shows a still from Patrick Keiller's film The Dilapidated Dwelling.
Image © Patrick Keiller

Tour of University of Edinburgh campuses

Save the date: Saturday, 28 February, 11am to mid-afternoon

Docomomo Scotland will organise, jointly with the Twentieth Century Society, a walking tour around the twentieth-century architecture of the University of Edinburgh, focusing on the George Square and King’s Buildings campuses. More details to follow, but we will begin with coffee at 11am and will conclude mid-afternoon. Interior access to a selection of buildings may be possible.

The photo shows one of the buildings featuring in the walking tour: 50 George Square, as recently renovated and extended by Page \ Page Architects.
Image © Page \ Park

Russian Avant-garde Theatre at the V&A

London museum exhibits theatrical production designs from 1913 to 1933  

London's Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) presents more than 150 radical designs for theatrical productions by celebrated figures of the Russian avant-garde. Created over the course of two decades marked by the Russian revolutions and First World War, the works represent an extraordinary point in Russian culture during which artistic, literary and musical traditions underwent profound transformations. The free exhibition is on display until 15 March.

The photo shows one of the designs featuring in the exhibition: Alex Khvostenko-Khvostov's set design for Mystery-Bouffe: A Heroic, Epic and Satirical Depiction of Our Epoch, produced at the Heroic Theatre in Kharkov in 1921.
Image © Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow

Consulting on Scottish heritage regulations

Your chance to have a say in the shaping of Scotland's heritage procedures

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on changes to various heritage regulations, concerning the historic environment, such as the management of conservation areas, listing and scheduling. The regulatory changes are coming in the wake of the now adopted Historic Environment Scotland Act 2015, which will lead to the merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, to form a new body, Historic Environment Scotland.

The regulation changes, now being consulted upon, will influence directly how statutory designation and protection will be handled in Scotland in the future. The consultation is open to anyone until 27 March.

The photo shows the interior of the debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament.
Image © Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Docomomo Scotland

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

We campaign for the documentation and conservation of Scotland’s 20th century architectural heritage. If you would like to learn more about us and our activities, please visit our website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or send us an email.
Docomomo Scotland is the working name of Docomomo Scottish National Group, a charity registered in Scotland (Scottish Charity Number SC032552).

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